I have a confession – I love wearing my very out-of-style Birkenstocks around our house. They are the most comfortable shoes! And more comfortable than even going barefoot. Especially with my calf issues and now plantar fasciitis, I really don’t want to take my Birks off. After accidentally leaving our house once wearing them (AH!), I realized I should purchase a more in-style pair of Birks. ASAP. Knowing that we’d be walking around Philadelphia a lot after the half marathon, I tried to utilize my VIP Zappos status and Amazon Prime membership to get a pair quickly. But what style?
When Mike and I were in southern France for our honeymoon last summer, we saw so many people wearing Birkenstocks – mainly the thong style or 1-strap style. They are coming back. I know it and I will be ahead of the trend in the US. So anyway, I considered the thong style or 1-strap style since the French defined those two as the in-style Birks. The color selection isn’t great. Birkenstock needs to work on that. They either look too shiny or too hippie-ish. I was able to find a pair I really like though! I’m putting a higher value on comfort than on style.
Birkenstocks are great for plantar fasciitis and even have a page on their website about how Birks help with PF. From the website: It would make sense to think that a softer and more “cushiony” shoe would be more comfortable. But in fact, the Birkenstock concept of comfort is based on ﬁrm, orthopedically correct support. As with a quality mattress, feet require solid support and correct positioning providing maximum comfort and health. Our footbed features proper arch support, a deep heel cup, and adequate room in the toe area – all to help distribute weight evenly for the entire foot. The result is improved posture and balance for greater comfort when walking.
So here are all my options:
Now I just have to break them in! Happy to have them for Philadelphia!