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Birkenstocks not for me!

Posted by Jane on 6/26/99 at 00:00 (008204)

I tried 3 different pairs of Birks and none of them felt good to me! I guess they just don't fit my foot right. However, I did get a pair of White Mountain brand sandels that look like a Birk Arizona 'want-to-be' and they are terrific!

Re: Birkenstocks vs. look-a-likes, and home equipment

Chris on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005235)

Janet, had to add my 2cents:

I had bought a 'power train' for about $150.00 and thought it was ok. I had finally gotten back to my gym and saw there was no comparison. The machines at most gyms tend to be the brand precor, and the qaulity is light years ahead of anything thats consumer level. At the suggestion of a phys therapist, I have been using the precor regulary with great results, I've lost 15lbs, and that had an immediate effecton my heels, not to mention my sense of well being. If you can find a way to swing it, do check out the real machines before you commit- the price of most 1yr gym memberships is about the same as those home machines, and since most gyms are hungry for business, you can usuallly get a great deal!

and re birks, The key to the birks, in my humble opinion, is the heel cup and arch support. the knock offs never seem to get the cup right. it's just not about having a cork footbed. consider the birks more an investment. the shoes are re-soleable, so in reality they save more in the long run. and the craftmanship is superior to those fake ones. I initially hesitated before I plunked down the $90 I paid, but it's the best money i've ever spent. I attibute alot of my success w/pf to the birks. best of luck
!


Re: Birkenstocks web site and catalog

Diane F. on 7/29/98 at 21:21 (001141)

Well here is the web site, http://www.birkenstock.com , does not list any store in Canada but you can order from a catalog to most countries. Know there are some in vermont, maybe near enough for you. You might be able to e-mail them for more information. As for what type.. start with maybe a sandal, most seem to like the arizona which I have and love. Try them or another sandal and see how they do, lots of people see some improvement, as to me it got to the point of being afraid to get up and walk with so much pain and birks have helped me to lead a more normal life so far hehe. Good luck! Lots of people here are to give help and surport so you are not alone.

Re: Birkenstocks & Tatami's

Lisa Chakan on 8/28/98 at 23:01 (001495)

Hi, there. Like you, Birkenstocks have been very helpful to me. I learned that the Tatami line of Birkenstock shoes have a higher arch than the traditional Arizona footbed. From what I understand, there are a # of Birk footbeds...the Classics (Arizona is a Classic footbed), the Footprint and the Tatami lines all have their own footbeds. If you like the Arizona, make sure that when you buy your next shoe, that you are buying one with the same footbed. The same for Tatami and Footprint. I was told by a Birkenstock rep that the lowest arched shoe line is the Papillio. When ordering a Birk shoe, contact a retailer who sells the complete line and is familliar with these different beds and shoes. I learned from such a retailer that even though the Tatami lin of shoes is known for its very high arch, Birkenstock International recently added a bunch of shoes to the line that don't have that high arch. Only talking to a knowledgeable retailer (in otherwords...not Nordstroms or the other shops where they carry one or two styles of Birks and don't know the difference) will put you into the right shoe. II buy from Pedorthic Services 800-birks4u. Such retailers will deliver your shoes to your home for $7.50 shipping and handling (I got mine next day Fed Ex for this price) and there's no tax. Best thing is that if you don't like 'em, you've got 60 days to return them.

Tony Grady has a shop in Ontario and he frequents this place a bit with a wealth of info from the standpoint of an orthotics specialist. He also sells Birks...Arizona to be specific and is a proponent of Birk inserts. Again, he's a reputable Birk dealer and will refund your money if you're not satisfied.

I tried on a pair of Ontarios this week, thinking that they would be ideal but things didn't work out quite that way. Again....the footbed. I need a real high arch like the Birkenstock Fulda (in the Tatami line) and the Ontario not only didn't have the arch for me but didn't have the toe bar either. Ah, well....back to square one on closed shoes but I will not give up hope.

Warm regards and best wishes to you and your feet.

Lisa


Re: Birkenstocks & Tatami's

Laura on 8/31/98 at 13:06 (001522)

Lisa,
I also wear the tatami birks. I need the high arch and deep heel cup. My foot doc stated that I needed to wear something with a slight heal. Birkenstock makes a tatami with a heel now. I have sent off for them. I will let you know what happens.
Laura

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Re: Birkenstocks

Marge on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007911)

Marji - I recently purchased a pair of birks - put it off because they are so flat. I am pleasantly surprised at how they are working - I am not wearing my orthotic (have not since I started wearing Dansko and Mephisto) It is amazng what a piece of cork can do! It appears that when the footbed molds to the shape of your foot, it offers enough arch support. I say try it - I think you'll be happy.

Re: Birkenstocks/Dansko/Mephisto

alex on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007932)

I also have very high arches, and have had PF for about a year (now largely under control)

Having tried so many shoes and spent so many $$$ I am now wearing Birks (Papillio sandals) around the house, Mephisto for dress shoes and Dansko clogs for smart casual. Plus New Balance sneakers for walking and golf.


Re: Birkenstocks/Dansko/Mephisto

Shelby on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007935)

I have very high arches and I can't wear Birks at all. I recently purchased Dansko and am having a lot of success with them. I also cannot wear any type of sneaker. At first (even with orthoics) they are comfortable , but within an hour I'm in pain.

Re: Birkenstocks in Arizona?

Melody on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004185)

Where in Arizona can birkenstocks be found? I live 4 hrs from Phoenix.
I'm also at that point-of needing to try them. Thanks So Much-Melody.

Re: Birkenstocks everywhere

Angie on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004205)

I know it is best to be fit by a professional for the Birks but I was desperate one day and ordered over the internet -- a pair of sandals with back straps. They offered a 60 day return guarantee, what did I have to lose? My schedule was so full I certainly didn't have time to go shop for them in person -- and my feet hurt so bad that I had to try something! I noticed an immediate relief the minute I ripped them out of the box and put them on! Not a cure, but major relief. I take LOdine XL and between the Birks and the meds, I am pretty much pain free. Well, i have a high level of pain tolerance so I doubt that I am 'pain free'. I'm not ready to increase my physical activity yet (I'm already on my feet alot) but am feeling hope.

My point is, if you can't find a retail store nearby, by all means order some over the internet and get started! My sandals are one size too small and I am returning them as soon as the other pair of regular type shoes gets here and I am sure I can wear them. Even with my toes rubbing the rim of the sandal, they feel better than anything else has in a long, long while.

Good luck. Sometimes we just have to 'take a chance'.


Re: Birkenstocks vs. look-a-likes, and home equipment

Chris on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005235)

Janet, had to add my 2cents:

I had bought a 'power train' for about $150.00 and thought it was ok. I had finally gotten back to my gym and saw there was no comparison. The machines at most gyms tend to be the brand precor, and the qaulity is light years ahead of anything thats consumer level. At the suggestion of a phys therapist, I have been using the precor regulary with great results, I've lost 15lbs, and that had an immediate effecton my heels, not to mention my sense of well being. If you can find a way to swing it, do check out the real machines before you commit- the price of most 1yr gym memberships is about the same as those home machines, and since most gyms are hungry for business, you can usuallly get a great deal!

and re birks, The key to the birks, in my humble opinion, is the heel cup and arch support. the knock offs never seem to get the cup right. it's just not about having a cork footbed. consider the birks more an investment. the shoes are re-soleable, so in reality they save more in the long run. and the craftmanship is superior to those fake ones. I initially hesitated before I plunked down the $90 I paid, but it's the best money i've ever spent. I attibute alot of my success w/pf to the birks. best of luck
!


Re: Birkenstocks

Marge on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007911)

Marji - I recently purchased a pair of birks - put it off because they are so flat. I am pleasantly surprised at how they are working - I am not wearing my orthotic (have not since I started wearing Dansko and Mephisto) It is amazng what a piece of cork can do! It appears that when the footbed molds to the shape of your foot, it offers enough arch support. I say try it - I think you'll be happy.

Re: Birkenstocks/Dansko/Mephisto

alex on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007932)

I also have very high arches, and have had PF for about a year (now largely under control)

Having tried so many shoes and spent so many $$$ I am now wearing Birks (Papillio sandals) around the house, Mephisto for dress shoes and Dansko clogs for smart casual. Plus New Balance sneakers for walking and golf.


Re: Birkenstocks/Dansko/Mephisto

Shelby on 6/19/99 at 00:00 (007935)

I have very high arches and I can't wear Birks at all. I recently purchased Dansko and am having a lot of success with them. I also cannot wear any type of sneaker. At first (even with orthoics) they are comfortable , but within an hour I'm in pain.