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Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed (Unisex) Reviews

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78%"Felt true to size"

80%"Felt true to width"

71%"Excellent arch support"

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3 people found this review helpful
Christine from Georgetown, TX
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I have wide feet, high arches and Morton's Neuroma (in both feet) so I purchased these Birks knowing I'd get the arch support I need, and that they'd be wide enough. Wow! These have become my favorite shoes. They are so comfortable (love the softbed), have terrific arch support and totally relieve the affects of Morton's Neuroma. Yes, they are dorky looking, but who cares when you have happy feet! I love the purple and figured what the heck, if I was buying shoes for total comfort, might as well get one of my favorite colors! This is not the first time I've bought Birks. I live in Birk sandals in the summer and fall. Think I'll order another pair of these softbeds. They are so comfy.
I'd also recommend:
Birkenstock anything, Klogs USA
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  • Christine - customer
  • from Georgetown, TX
  • January 4, 2013
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
New York
5Rated 5 stars
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My teenage daughter loves these. They are super comfortable. Run large. She is typically a size 7 1/2 and the size 37 fit her in these.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from New York
  • February 23, 2012
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
John L from Knoxville, TN
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These are really nice looking and comfortable shoes. The fit is just right. They're all I've worn over the last 3 years or so. Great, great shoes!
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  • John L - customer
  • from Knoxville, TN
  • January 13, 2012
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Minneapolis, MN
5Rated 5 stars
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Love them! Light and comfortable. The soft foot bad makes a definite difference.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Minneapolis, MN
  • November 30, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
North Carolina
5Rated 5 stars
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The Birkenstock Boston soft footbed is the most comfortable shoe that I have ever worn. The shoe is particularly good for wide feet and can be worn without discomfort the first time they are worn!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from North Carolina
  • October 25, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Rebecca H from Claremont, CA.
5Rated 5 stars
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These are super comfortable, but I will be going back for the leather version. These are very slipper like and I bought them for use at work due to swollen, pregnant feet. I also have super wide feet and a very high arch and I stand all day on my feet for a living so I needed something that would be amazingly comfortable. It is safe to say they are not the prettiest of shoes, not even close but they are squishy and roomy and super comfortable, so I look forward to getting the leather version and give my feet some tender loving care during my pregnancy. If you have weird or problematic feet like mine, buy these! As always Zappos delivers superior customer service and it was no issue exchanging these for the others. They are friendly, efficient and always on the ball which is why I will continue to be a loyal Zappos customer for the long haul.
I'd also recommend:
Dansko, Crocs
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  • Rebecca H - customer
  • from Claremont, CA.
  • August 23, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Elizabeth V from Brooklyn, NY
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This is my second pair of these. I wear them as slippers and love them. Originally I bought them because I was having trouble finding slippers with enough arch support after my high arches gave me several years of plantar faciitis pain. My podiatrist recommended Birkenstocks. The color is nice; in person it is sort of a Weimeriner dog color, which is pretty and versatile. The soft bed is incredibly soft and rivals that of any conventional slipper. You definitely need to buy a size smaller than what you think. I wear a woman's size 8 and a 38 in Birkenstocks. Even though I have very high arches, I prefer these to the new high arch Birkenstocks. They really do conform to your feet over time and my plantar faciitis has not returned as a result of wearing these. Also, I think they are the most attractive and feminine of all the Birk styles.
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  • Elizabeth V - customer
  • from Brooklyn, NY
  • July 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Tom from Midwest
5Rated 5 stars
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This is my third pair of this style. Simply one of the most comfortable of the many wonderful Birkenstock sandals. I like the closed toe, as it gives more wearing opportunities (it's more like a shoe in appearance, so you can wear it to casual dining, without feeling like you're wearing a sandal)and yet maintains the feel of a sandal.
I'd also recommend:
Merrell, Mephisto
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  • Tom - customer
  • from Midwest
  • March 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Stacey D from St. Louis, MO
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I just received my Birkenstocks today and I already love them! I wear a size 8 shoe in most cases so I ordered the size 39 (8-8.5US) in narrow and they fit wonderfully! Reviews said to order the narrow if you don't have wide feet because the regular size was wide, so I did. Just right! I had a knock-off cheaper pair of clogs and they don't even come close to the comfort of my real ones! I tried them on with regular socks and also some thicker socks and they still fit wonderfully. I'll be wearing them all of the time! The Barn Red color is so cool and can be worn with nearly anything! I'd recommend these to anybody!
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  • Stacey D - customer
  • from St. Louis, MO
  • March 7, 2011
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Mount Vernon, Indiana
5Rated 5 stars
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Shoes are very comfortable. I wear a 7M in US, in Birkenstock I wear a 6-6.5.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Mount Vernon, Indiana
  • October 14, 2010
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
5Rated 5 stars
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I have owned two other Birkenstock Bostons with the regular footbed. However, my feet always hurt as if I was standing on rocks if I was still for too long with my other two. Upon reading about the Soft Footbed, I was excited at the prospect of the shoe I love, but without pain. I was greatly rewarded. These are like Birkenstocks crossed with running shoes. I love the padding and go on daily mile walks in them with no soreness whatsoever. I just bought more because I love them so much. Also, the customer service is the best I have ever seen in any store - real or online! I will recommend these shoes and Zappos to anyone who will listen!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • August 4, 2010
3 people found this review helpful
3 people found this review helpful
Tennessee
5Rated 5 stars
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Great for plantar fasciitis - These shoes have been great for my aching heel (from plantar fasciitis). I couldn't believe the difference they made--this shoe really does cradle and support that heel, with excellent arch support to further promote healing. I wear my Boston’s to work, and have a pair of Arizona sandals that I slip into at home. I prefer the sandals because I can tighten both straps for a more secure feel, but the Boston clogs are great for fall/winter wear.
I'd also recommend:
Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Tennessee
  • November 26, 2007
3 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Judy R from No. California
5Rated 5 stars
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I have many pairs of Birkenstocks, sandals and clogs. I have been looking at this oiled leather clog for awhile and finally purchased it. My usual size is a 38, but I had to send them back for the 39 Narrow. The 38 was o.k. but having the soft footbed must have made a slight difference, because I didn't feel I had ample room for a pair of heavy socks that I need in cold weather. The red oiled leather is very nice. I still miss my favorite "Bern" style, that had the look of a more feminine maryjane. Still my favorite pair...but such is life. This pair is very pretty.
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  • Judy R - customer
  • from No. California
  • March 4, 2016
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Kirk P from California
5Rated 5 stars
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Egad! Rather more like clouds than shoes. I hate wearing shoes and I never take these off even in the house! I have had my first pair for the last year and have worn them every day weather at work, at home, on vacation, hiking, riding bikes, I just don't want to wear anything else. They have started to get pretty worn down and I am about due to either get them repaired or just get a new pair. Just the best shoes I have ever had. Do go and get these, friend, and you'll not regret it!
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  • Kirk P - customer
  • from California
  • January 24, 2016
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
South of Boston
5Rated 5 stars
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These shoes are wonderful. The soft bed option is very comfy; arch support superb and quite pronounced in a very good way. I work in retail and am standing for 8 - 9 hours with much walking and climbing small ladders and wanted a comfy alternative shoe than the standard rigid-soled Dansko that everyone seems to wear. I actually don't have high arches but these feel absolutely great after standing on my feet for many hours. I normally wear a US women's size 7.5 M, and I bought both the 38 narrow and the 39 narrow. The 39 felt a bit too roomy, so I'm sticking with the 38. One side note - I have a 2nd and 3rd toe that are slightly longer than the big one, so my toe line doesn't actually follow the toe line of the Birkenstock shoes...meaning that second and third toe do have a tendency to ever so slightly bump at the top, but not nearly enough to be painful or annoying or even make me think of returning. The size 39 would've alleviated this completely, but the rest of the shoe is too big. Bottom line, the 38 narrow still fits and feels great on my 7.5 M feet and I would order same size and same shoe again! Love them!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from South of Boston
  • April 14, 2013
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
California, of course
5Rated 5 stars
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Very comfortable, I adore them. Yes, they are ugly as sin, but otherwise perfect in every respect. What other company has a tag on their shoes that says, don't buy another pair. These can be repaired! This is true, though unless you are trekking through gravel on a daily basis, repair may never be needed My other Berkies are over 20 years old and still in great condition. Made in Germany not China, by people earning a living wage instead of working 7 days a week for a few dollars.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from California, of course
  • May 16, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Linda from NYC
5Rated 5 stars
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Yes, they're a little wide, but they're supposed to be... they're unisex. My toes spread out in happiness. The soft insole is awesome. I bought them mostly to cook in because my kitchen has hard wood floors and they hurt my back. It did the trick! I can stand and cook or run around the City.
I'd also recommend:
Dansko, Mephesto
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  • Linda - customer
  • from NYC
  • April 12, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Denver, Colorado
5Rated 5 stars
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Great shoe, takes some breaking in, but very comfy. The soft footbed is only a couple mm thick and provides just a little cushion, may or may not be worth it.
I'd also recommend:
Chaco
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Denver, Colorado
  • February 21, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
los angeles, CA
5Rated 5 stars
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Great sandal - I receive compliments on them frequently and they are very comfortable!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from los angeles, CA
  • January 13, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Texas
5Rated 5 stars
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Very comfortable! They really hug your feet. These are my 'go to' shoes when I'm leaving in a rush.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Texas
  • January 9, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Bartlesville, OK
5Rated 5 stars
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Quickly received my Bostons, but must return for a larger size. They are light weight and provide a lot of arch support.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Bartlesville, OK
  • January 3, 2012
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Chris L from Driftwood,TX
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Extremely comfortable and great to wear around after a soccer game or in the evening, or really wherever for that matter. I live in Austin, so it is not unusual at all to wear these anywhere and everywhere. I have been a Birkenstock fan for years due to the comfort factor, but the sandals aren't too practical for months other than summer really.
I'd also recommend:
Mephisto, Clark's, Frye
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  • Chris L - customer
  • from Driftwood,TX
  • December 31, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5Rated 5 stars
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Love these shoes! They run wide which makes my feet look like platypus bills--however, they have a great arch support and feel like slippers! Love the blue color as well.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • November 13, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Sharon B from Columbia, MO
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Very happy with my new (first) Birks. Wasn't sure what size so I ordered 2 different sizes, knowing I could wear them around the house and send back, at no charge to me, the one that didn't work easy-peasy! They are super comfortable - love the soft footbed feature.
I'd also recommend:
Brooks tennis shoes.
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  • Sharon B - customer
  • from Columbia, MO
  • October 18, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Marilyn D from Biloxi, MS
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I have tender feet (due to arthritis and plantar fasciitis) and sometimes the arch support and footbed of other Birkenstock styles are just too hard, causing pain. Not so with this pair! The footbed gives me arch support without pain, and the upper is soft and pliable. I can usually only wear Earth shoes, with the negative heel, but many Earth shoes styles are too narrow. The medium width of this Birkenstock was wide enough for my wide foot. The taupe color is gorgeous. I wish Birkenstock made more styles with the soft footbed.
I'd also recommend:
Earth
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  • Marilyn D - customer
  • from Biloxi, MS
  • October 2, 2011
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