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Birkenstock Boston - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Reviews

111 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

71% "Felt true to size"

80% "Felt true to width"

73% "Excellent arch support"

105 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 12/23/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

These shoes have a big toe box and fit like Birks always fit under the foot. I laughed at one of the reviews where the reviewer said he/she didn't like them - felt like walking on rolled coins. Well, they do take some getting used to but they are great if you have a high arch and wide feet like I do. I wear a 7.5 M in normal shoes and a 38 in the Birks. Also, if you ever have foot surgery, these shoes will be your best friend after the "boot".

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6 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 9/1/11
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:1 stars!

The most uncomfortable shoe I have ever tried. Wide enough, but feels like you are walking on rolled coins.

Additional 91 Boston - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Birkenstock Reviews

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3 people found this review helpful  

January 16, 2012

Anne S

from United States

I can't say enough about Birkenstock. If you have any problems with legs, hips, plantar fascia, ligaments, tendons, you get the picture, do yourself a big favor and start wearing Birkenstocks. Each style has a slightly different cut, so be aware of that. This particular model, the Boston, is so comfortable you'll want to sleep in them. They do require some breaking in, but once they're fitted to your foot, you'll be a Birkenstock convert just like I was. Also, if you have a high arch and wide feet, these shoes are a Godsend. Is that one word or two? Take care of them and they'll last for years.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Rockport, Cole Haan

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 4, 2011

Sandra d

from Estados Unidos

I wear it all the time, I do not want to take them off. I work a lot standing and I enjoy every minute of it. I am grateful that they exist and I love this style.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 30, 2011

TDJ

from Minneapolis

Best shoe I ever wore and I'm hard to please. Your legs will be sore for 3-5 days but after that, they're unbeatable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 23, 2011

Erik

 

Very stiff and wooden cloggy to start, but that's how Birks roll! I'm certain they'll soften with age, and the footbed can't be beat. I wear a 8.5M, and had to buy the 7-7.5M here.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 11, 2011

Kim f

from portland oregon

When shopping for birks, I have had trouble finding the size/style/color I want. No problem at all at zappos- and I got them delivered to my door the day after I ordered them. I loved the entire process and tell everyone I know about it! Thank you so much!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 6, 2011

Teresa E

 

I love, love, love Zappos. Great selection on everything! I have many pairs of Birkenstocks and they are great!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 18, 2011

Virginia A

from Mechanicsville, VA

I love theses Birks, but will need to get a smaller size. You guys really stand behind what you say! Smile!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 6, 2009

Anonymous

from New Haven, Connecticut

Wonderful Shoe! I love these shoes. They're highly comfortable and recommend them to anyone who wants a good shoe.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstocks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 14, 2008

Paula

from Metro Atlanta

Great fit for a narrow foot - Wearing a 12N before I found Zappos and narrow footbed Birkies -- clog style shoes were impossible! These are a great gray color perfect with casual pants. Subtle enough to go to the office with gray dress pants and a sweater. Superb customer service paired with a great shoe for the money.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 2, 2008

Joshua J

from Boulder, CO

Best clog there is! I tried 4 different clog type shoes before going back to the old classic. If you've never worn a pair, it's worth a try. The 'narrow' size is actually like a 'D' from most other shoe makers. The 'normal' width is very wide. The oiled leather scuffs up easily...gives a rustic look if that's what you like.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 1, 2011

Anonymous

from New York

The most uncomfortable shoe I have ever tried. Wide enough, but feels like you are walking on rolled coins.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 20, 2016

Anonymous

from Frankfort, Ky

This was my first pair of clogs, but I have worn Birkenstock sandals for years, they are my favorite casual warm weather shoes. Lately, after wearing Dansko shoes to work for years (criminal prosecutor) I started developing leg pains, which does not occur with Birk sandals. As I could not wear my sandals to work I decided to try the Birk clogs. In sandals I am a 40, but went with 41 for the clogs. They fit and work great, and although not the best work shoes, I pass them off as therapeutic. I was surprised, happily, at how much like the sandals they are constructed, but are actually even easier to walk in. Same Birk break in period, but that is just part of the process and not a problem. They are a great shoe, and I only wish I had started wearing them sooner. And, I do not miss the occasional Dansko ankle twist. Odd look to wear to court, but I will go with comfort any day as I get older.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 17, 2015

Jason R

from Baltimore, MD

This is the second pair of Birkenstocks that I have owned. My last pair were the Milano style sandals. They lasted 16 years. The only reason I threw them out was I got frustrated finding someone to repair the worn-out tread. I wear my Bostons around the house often, especially for cooking. They give me a lot of support when I'm standing at the stove or counter top. The Bostons keep my feet plenty warm with the appropriate socks even in the winter in Maryland. I also got some Dr. Martens Shoe Balsam after reading the product reviews and applied it to my new Birks. They look fantastic and it helps them repel the muck. If you have never worn Birkenstocks before, wear them gradually. It takes a couple of times before you get accustomed to the footbed. I ordered a women's size 11.5 by mistake. Zappos was terrific about the exchange.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen, Dr. Martens

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 9, 2013

Richard

from Alabama

Great shoes that offer the comfort of Birkenstocks with a slightly dressier look than the open toe classics they offer. As an added benefit - if you insist upon wearing socks with your "stocks" then these covered toe Birks are less offensive to those who call that a bad fashion move.

Brands I'd also recommend: Crocs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

March 9, 2013

Crystal K

from Tennessee

Recovering from a nagging foot injury to the area of my metatarsal arch, I slipped on my ancient Birkenstock Milano sandals in search of relief from discomfort. Ahhhh! They felt so good that I decided to invest in some new Bostons for everyday business casual wear. I have huge feet, and concluded via reading online about how these shoes should fit (+ ordering and having to return my sandal size in the Boston model) that I have been wearing too-short Birkenstock sandals all these years. It may be a good idea to check your fit and consider ordering a size up if these are your first close-toed Birks. They feel even better when they fit exactly right!

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 17, 2012

Anonymous

 

I bought these for my son. He loves the fit, the style, and the beautiful burnt red color.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 12, 2012

Richard S

from Charlotte, North Carolina

Love them! Bought two pairs - one tan and one brown. Wear them every chance I get!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Wilmington, DE

These new Birkenstocks are stiffer than I remember, but I am really happy with how these look. The leather is the same as my favorite black Frye motorcycle boots. I am sure that they will wear in well through the summer and become my new favorites.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vans, Crocs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 20, 2012

Anonymous

from Grosse Pointe, Michigan

I wear an 8 1/2 narrow shoe and 1st ordered a size 39. It was a little too short so sent it back and got a size 40 which is perfect. Both times the shoes came the very next day. I love Zappos for this reason and for their great return policy. The charge credit was handled very quickly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 22, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

I ran into some foot problems training for a half marathon this fall, googled the problem and realized it was probably plantar fasciitis. I realized that I needed shoes with better arch support to wear around when I wasn't running (since the cute little ballet flats I usually wear basically give me none at all). These were expensive, but cheaper than custom orthotics, I figured. And thank God, they work. Before I got these, it hurt to walk even in my sneakers. These felt like they were way too high on my arch for the first couple days, but it didn't hurt to walk anymore. Now they feel totally normal and comfortable and I am wearing them all the time while my feet recover. They aren't the most beautiful shoes, but wearing them with straight-leg or boot-cut jeans, they're covered up a bit and don't look completely horrible. And I'd rather wear goofy looking shoes and be able to walk than hobble around in pain in cute ones. Tip: order down a size, and order the narrow ones unless you have wide feet. Also, make sure to wear with socks because they rubbed a bit in weird places when I tried to go without.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 9, 2012

Lucy i

from portland, or

Not as ugly as I thought & very comfortable. Recommended for some foot problems I'm having, but not looking forward to wearing them due to their clunky appearance. I also got another pair of opened toed ones & they are more attractive. Since they do seem to help my feet, overall I am happy

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 11, 2016

Anonymous

from Florida

I purchased these shoes to wear to work as I have problems with plantar fasciitis. These shoes are very comfortable all day and don't cause pain like other shoes do. I have a 9 1/2 size foot, normal width. The 39 regular width fits perfectly. The description says oiled leather. The leather is not glossy and they are really more of a dark charcoal than black. They required no breaking in. I wear them every day and would recommend these to anyone who has foot issues.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vionic

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 11, 2016

Brandice S

from Ohio

These are SO comfy even without the typical Birkenstock break-in period, so I know they will blow my mind in about a month or two. Great shoes and I've wanted a pair for a long time.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 8, 2016

Lee A

from Virginia

Had to return these because the color was too dark for what I need them for. I love Birks though have about 20 pair multiple styles. These are my go to shoes / sandals esp after my back surgery. They kept me grounded and made me feel secure & sure footed "in balance" so to speak.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 9, 2016

Nancy G

 

I have 2 pair of Arizona Birkenstock sandals. I have very wide feet, Fred Flintstone feet but I find these should too wide. Maybe it's the style. I have never tried the narrow size but I am considering it, in this shoe style.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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