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Posted by john h on 6/21/00 at 12:10 (022161)

what do you regular birk wearers do when it rains? will the cork hold up? i bought some cork resealer form the birk store this week as the coating around the cork sole was wearing thin but how about in foot bed? what will water do to it?

Re: Birks

Nancy S. on 6/21/00 at 12:30 (022164)

John, when it rains softly I just wear the Birks (the cork in my new Nebraskas actually has a rubber covering on the outside). When it rains hard, I stay home. No, I wear my orthoticless hikers.
Many Birks stores will send your Birks in for repair/recorking when they get too worn. I think there's a charge for it, but much less than buying new Birks. I know people who've kept their Birks going for 10 or 15 years doing this.
I don't know technically what happens to the cork and footbed when they get wet, but I've been told to let them dry just sitting by themselves -- not to put them near heat or anything -- and that they should be okay.
--Nancy

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wendyn on 6/21/00 at 13:23 (022170)

The Birks guy told me that snow wouldn't hurt my Birks - so imagine rain is okay too. Just don't leave them out in the sun to dry or on top of a heat register.

Re: Birks

john h on 6/21/00 at 16:53 (022178)

for new birk owners: the guy who runs the local birk store and seems very knowledgable said if you are new to birks and want to break them in fast to soak your feet in 'hot water' for a while and then put them in your birks while your feet are still wet and wear them.

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alan k on 6/21/00 at 19:10 (022187)

water does cause them to become more pliable, and I found that when wet I lost some of the support in them.

I think water does damage the footbed and you should keep them dry as much as possible.

alan


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Libby on 6/21/00 at 21:57 (022193)

They sell waterproof Birks. I think they are meant for wearing to the beach or to the pool. They are plastic but have the same footbed. I guess they wouldn't look professional if you needed them for that purpose but if you don't, they would work well.

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scott r on 6/23/00 at 06:56 (022266)

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Re: Birks

Nancy S. on 6/21/00 at 12:30 (022164)

John, when it rains softly I just wear the Birks (the cork in my new Nebraskas actually has a rubber covering on the outside). When it rains hard, I stay home. No, I wear my orthoticless hikers.
Many Birks stores will send your Birks in for repair/recorking when they get too worn. I think there's a charge for it, but much less than buying new Birks. I know people who've kept their Birks going for 10 or 15 years doing this.
I don't know technically what happens to the cork and footbed when they get wet, but I've been told to let them dry just sitting by themselves -- not to put them near heat or anything -- and that they should be okay.
--Nancy

Re: Birks

wendyn on 6/21/00 at 13:23 (022170)

The Birks guy told me that snow wouldn't hurt my Birks - so imagine rain is okay too. Just don't leave them out in the sun to dry or on top of a heat register.

Re: Birks

john h on 6/21/00 at 16:53 (022178)

for new birk owners: the guy who runs the local birk store and seems very knowledgable said if you are new to birks and want to break them in fast to soak your feet in 'hot water' for a while and then put them in your birks while your feet are still wet and wear them.

Re: Birks

alan k on 6/21/00 at 19:10 (022187)

water does cause them to become more pliable, and I found that when wet I lost some of the support in them.

I think water does damage the footbed and you should keep them dry as much as possible.

alan


Re: Birks

Libby on 6/21/00 at 21:57 (022193)

They sell waterproof Birks. I think they are meant for wearing to the beach or to the pool. They are plastic but have the same footbed. I guess they wouldn't look professional if you needed them for that purpose but if you don't, they would work well.

Re: test

scott r on 6/23/00 at 06:54 (022265)

http://heelspurs.com http://www.heelspurs.com
http://www.heelspurs.com .
http://heelspurs.com http://heelspurs.com

Re: test

scott r on 6/23/00 at 06:56 (022266)

http://heelspurs.com http://www.heelspurs.com
http://www.heelspurs.com .
http://heelspurs.com http://heelspurs.com