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Birkenstock Arizona - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Reviews

163 reviews
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Overall Rating:

68%Rated 5 stars

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12%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

74% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

72% "Excellent arch support"

154 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/30/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Birkenstock sandals come in 3 versions. The version here is from the original design with a cork footbed (no memory foam). It's best to break in your new sandals in the Summer when temperatures are warmer...the foot bed forms to your foot perfectly over time. I've read the reviews and sizing seems to be a concern in some of the comments. Having owned several pairs over the last 20 years I recently discovered that I've been getting the wrong size. The size chart is accurate; however, out of the box they may feel slightly big. You need to have an 1/2" behind your heel (thumb width) and 1/4" in the front. This is a family owned company has been producing sandals over 235 years...you'd think they've figured out a thing or two over that time frame.

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9 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/13/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I agree with another reviewer that "the sizes are 'way off." My shoe size is 7-/2 to 8, so I ordered a 38 thinking it would be on the shorter end of that--and it was way too long! And did not fit at all snugly enough, even buckled into the tightest openings. And although I know "turquoise" covers a wide range of colors, this was more gray than anything, and quite disappointing. So I had to return those, and continue to search for a better size and color.

Additional 143 Arizona - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Birkenstock Reviews

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August 14, 2015

Kate

from Nashville, TN

This is my third pair of Birkenstocks, but it is my first pair with leather rather than birko-flor. These have been much harder to break in, both in the sole and straps. The quality is good though, and once they have broken in I know they will last a long time. I love the classic look. A very versatile sandal. I am usually a size 7, but I am a 36 in Birkenstocks. I have wide feet, and the regular width works well for me. I have very flat feet, and the classic footbed offers a lot of support.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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August 6, 2015

Anonymous

from NYC

Excellent shoe. Exchanged for smaller size. I'm 5.5 to 6 and I exchanged the 36 for a size 35.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 5, 2015

Diesel D

from Hail from Hot-Lanta

These shoes feel wonderful on my feet. LET IT BE KNOWN THESE SHOES FIT LARGE! I am a size 11.5/12, the pair that ultimately fit me like a glove WERE THE 10/10.5! Thankfully Zappos has 365 return policy and I was able to get that snafu sorted out easily and quickly! THANKS ZAPPOS!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 3, 2015

Anonymous

 

What can I say about Birks that hasn't been said a thousand times? They are my go-to sandals, comfortable and reliable. There will always be at least one pair in my closet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 31, 2015

Frances

from california

I was wary of dropping the money on these shoes but the lure of sandals with proper support caught my attention. Being pregnant has left my feet hurting and yearning for proper support. So far so good. once in awhile I'll experience heel pain. I'm sad that I do with these sandals. but hopefully it won't bother too long.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 29, 2015

Anonymous

 

These shoes are so uncomfortable! Also, when I got them, the metal parts of the buckle to put in the hole was bent/broken, so I had to use nail clippers to bend it back straight so it would fit in the hole. The larger strap has scratched into my skin. I Googled why they are so uncomfortable, and according to Birkenstock's website, you have to wear them a lot before they get comfortable. Ummm, okay.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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July 29, 2015

Anonymous

 

These shoes are so uncomfortable! Also, when I got them, the metal parts of the buckle to put in the whole was bent/broken, so I had to use nail clippers to bend it back straight so it would fit in the whole. The larger strap has scratched into my skin. I Googled why they are so uncomfortable, and according to Birkenstock's website, you have to wear them a lot before they get comfortable. Ummm, okay.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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July 27, 2015

Anonymous

 

Hard to believe I made it through the 80s without a pair of these, but they're my first pair, and I love them. I wear a consistent 8 in Paul Green / other Euro-designed street shoes; 8.5 in pointy or dress shoes. My foot is not a true 'wide' but the wide side of B and pretty much the shape of a shoebox. Birks are perfect! They're so easy, they feel amazing, and thank goodness they now actually look dorky-cute. The size chart calls for a 39 for 8-8.5. This size was significantly too big for me. Thanks to Zappos quick replacement I got the 38 within two days. Didn't even need to adjust the straps. Been walking happily ever since. Wanted to stick with tried-true, so went with the original cork bed and am very happy. Would love to see the original footbed with more strap styles and colors. I'll be buying more.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 27, 2015

Tim C

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

I've had these before so no surprise they're awesome. Not incredibly comfortable yet, but they will be! I'm amazed at free overnight shipping. They arrived in no time...everything just perfect.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 27, 2015

Bilyz

from FL,CA, OR,TN

Will just comment that, after a few years without Birkenstocks, both my feet gave a huge sigh of relief when I took these out of the box -- two days after I ordered them -- and put them on. And my left ankle issue -- formerly known as problem -- has abated considerably as the footbed on these made me or helped me walk straighter. Re: sizing; if you don't know from past experience, be very very careful. These are marked 43/10, and fit perfectly, but I have worn that size Birkies for many years. I take an 11 in most made in USA footwear.

Brands I'd also recommend: NAOT, Mephisto, Rocky combat boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 23, 2015

Boston J

 

I purchased a pair of Birks from Zappos and they were too wide and loose after about 5 days of wear. I returned them for a narrow pair - NO PROBLEM and very quick free delivery. Will buy again and again from Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Reefs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 16, 2015

Anonymous

 

The fit was very comfortable. I returned it because the color of the shoe was not consistant. It looked pre-worn. Not my style.

Brands I'd also recommend: NAOT

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 15, 2015

Anonymous

 

Please note: These shoes are not really "Black", they are more of a "Charcoal grey" color. At first I was disappointed, but I decided to keep them anyway because the charcoal color is very pretty. But be warned, if you're wanting a truly "Black" leather upper, these will be more grey.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 11, 2015

Anonymous

from The Midwest

I've worn and loved Birkenstocks for many years and have quite a few pairs. Maybe my feet have simply changed enough over the years (and from battling a plantar fasciitis issue the past 18 months, too), but I've tried several new Birks lately and just can't find the right fit and feel for my feet any more (don't like the soft footbed). I guess I need to stick with the Danskos that I've discovered recently, which seem to work better for me now. (I only indicate that these felt narrower than marked because of my perception -- have always worn narrow in Birks, but these just didn't have that same comfort level for me now as they seem too narrow for my foot.) I'm very sorry to have to return these as I just love the simple, classic Arizona style, but I can't say enough positive things about Zappos fabulous customer service...it can't be beat!

Brands I'd also recommend: Danskos

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 8, 2015

Anonymous

from Chicagoland, IL

These are great sandals, although I expected a finished leather effect. These were more suedeish, at least on opening. I am sure that they will cure fine.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 7, 2015

Kristin

from Georgia

After no luck finding these shoes in the Iron color in a store (so that I could try them on!), I finally ended up ordering different sizes from Zappos.com. Thank you Zappos! Anyway, you will read plenty of reviews that will tell you that these are "like snowshoes" and so wide/long/big everywhere, etc. I'm here to tell ya, that was not the case for me. I wear a very true-to-size 8 in all other shoes, and my foot is not considered "wide." I also have the beautiful luxury (not!) of having my second and third toes slightly longer than my big toe. This posed a problem when I came to sizing, but I was determined! I ended up trying on three sizes of this same shoe. First the 38 Narrow, which after reading all reviews was what I expected to fit. No go. Since the issue seemed mostly due to my other toes and not the big toe, I tried a 38 Regular next. I really wanted those to fit! The soft bed is so comfy! But after trying on the 39 Regular, I was sold. 39 should have been my size all along (it's a womens 8), but the reviews misled me. I will say, the 39R was noticeably bigger in the straps than the 38R, and for that reason I did need to add an extra hole in the second buckle and that worked out well for me. The Iron color is great and will match everything I ever wear, the style is basic which I love, and the comfort beats no other. Love my new Birks! Thanks again Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 6, 2015

Bethany

from Tulsa, OK

This is my first pair of Birkenstocks, and since they are not inexpensive shoes, I did a lot of research beforehand and couldn't be happier with the outcome! The 37s fit my slightly-wider-than-average (women's) size 6.5 feet perfectly and the construction of the shoe is really solid. Like many others mentioned, there was a breaking in period where it hurt to wear them for more than a few hours while walking around, but now, after 2 months, they are very comfortable. I ordered the oiled leather, but accidentally was sent the birkoflor material ones initially. Having seen both of them, I would totally recommend people go for the leather - it looks much nicer in person and just feels more quality than the synthetic material. These are shoes that are built to last, so it's worth the extra money up front. Also, when making the exchange for the right shoes, Zappos' customer service was amazing; super-quick and very helpful. I'd be happy to shop here again!

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 6, 2015

Anonymous

 

These are super comfortable shoes! The color is a bit off from the photo (more taupe), but I actually like it better as it goes everything. They take a few wearing to wear in - I recommend wearing them around the house.

Brands I'd also recommend: chacos

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 6, 2015

Lisa H

from Jonesboro

LOVE my new Birkenstocks! I have 4 pair but these are my faves! I now want every color! Only thing is I probably should have gotten a smaller size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 5, 2015

Sonya M

from Duluth, MN

My last pair of Birkenstocks lasted me over 10 years, so these shoes are well worth the cost. They take about a week to properly break in, but after that they get more and more comfortable as they mold to your feet. They are my favorite shoes by far.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 3, 2015

Scott

from Maine

Birkenstocks fit different from other shoes. A number of negative comments here are based on misunderstandings. Unlike with most other shoes, the feet are supposed to be active when walking in B. If your first pair fits properly they will seem too long because of the extra room in front to allow your toes to grip the ridge that falls at the knuckle. The straps also need to be kept loose. It's still true that you may experience some rubbing, but if it's painful then you probably have the straps too tight and you are preventing your arches from working properly. I think some commenters did not read the instructions that come with the shoes. If you have flat feet it will be painful to break in your B. That's because they force you to work muscles that are weak. I had terrible flat feet all my life - for a couple of years I wore shoes that were attached to each other with a steel bar, and I had to wear the ugliest shoes because they were the only ones that could fit my Rx. It took me many miles before my feet (and legs - you work your calves, too) felt comfortable in B, but wearing them gave me arches that I had never had and stopped the pain I used to get from standing. Also: B should not be worn in the rain, and in fact when you buy a pair you take on a monthly maintenance job of checking the finish along the exposed edge of the cork; you need to keep it sealed with this stuff that seems very much like regular white glue. Do buy it, unless you want to treat your shoes as disposable.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 28, 2015

Suzanne R

from Detroit, Michigan

Wonderful! My feet are very happy, lots of support and comfort as well. Very well constructed. True to size. Thank you and my feet thank you!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 28, 2015

JSCOTT

from Central Kentucky

I love the Birkenstock Arizona sandal. I've worn them for many years and the quality has never changed. Well made and extremely comfortable. Just ordered my third pair. I still have the first pair that I bought 6 or 7 years ago. I still wear them when working in the yard. Though the rubber soles have worn down and the foot bed has worn shiny, they're still holding up and look great. I bought a small container of the Birkenstock cork sealer years ago and I keep the cork sealed at least once a year. This will keep your Birkenstocks in great condition for many years. I normally wear a 43 regular in shoes (9-9 1/2) but in Birkenstock I wear a size 41 regular. The foot bed conforms to your foot and is the most comfortable sandal you'll ever wear. Though a bit pricey for sandals, these are well worth the price.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 26, 2015

Emily H

from Chicago, IL

These were not a camel color brown as was pictured but a medium to dark brown and were very stiff. Returned and sticking with Mephisto Helen which I find much more comfortable/easier to break in and better arch support.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mephisto, Sofft, Born

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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June 26, 2015

Anonymous

 

Well constructed shoe but I'm returning it because the "oiled leather" makes the upper far too stiff and it will break my feet before it breaks in. I'll order the synthetic vegan upper instead. I tried that on in a store and it was immediately comfortable. I also thinks this color is a little too masculine.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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