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Sandals for PF?

Posted by Mary R. on 1/28/04 at 14:11 (143068)

Wondering if there are any sandals that are okay to wear if you have PF? I currently wear NB shoes with orthotics but want something cooler come spring and summer? Any suggestions?

Re: Sandals for PF?

Paul S on 1/28/04 at 14:36 (143072)

The general feeling here is that Birkenstocks are quite good. They are a little pricey though. I bought two pair, dry for around the house and outside when it is warmer, and wet for the shower and pool/beach wear. They really helped me.

Hope this helps - Paul S

Re: Sandals for PF?

Mary R. on 1/28/04 at 16:51 (143107)

Oh great! Thanks for the suggestion. Is there a certain style or model I should be looking for or are all of them made similarly?
Mary :)

Re: Sandals for PF?

Julie on 1/29/04 at 01:30 (143150)


The Arizona is the classic Birkenstock style. I have several pairs of Arizonas and always wear them indoors; there is a plastic clone called Birki that I use for the pool. But there are dozens of styles and it can be confusing when you start looking into it. You should find a specialist shop where the staff are knowledgeable so that you can be fitted properly, try several styles and see which suit you. Most good shops will allow you to return them if they haven't been used outdoors.

Once you've bought and used a pair you are confident of, you can order them more cheaply on line. The German Birkenstock site has good prices, but shipping obviously takes longer, and there are others.

Re: Sandals for PF?

Bill on 1/31/04 at 04:32 (143300)

My experience is that 'Birks' are outstanding. My PF is more or less cured (after a year and a half) but now I'm careful. I really like the Birks with the 'soft' sole. The main problem is making sure that you get the right size. Other than that pick your style.

Re: Sandals for PF?

Carole C in NOLA on 1/31/04 at 13:35 (143328)

I also continue to wear Birkenstocks, even though my PF seems to be essentially over after two and a half years. Part of the reason why is that I bought five or six pairs of Birkenstocks while I was recovering from PF. I might as well wear them, and I like the way they feel.

I think that the 'classic footbed' as found in the Arizona, Florida, Granada, and other models seems to work best for the majority of those who post here. So, I usually recommend that people start with a pair that has the 'classic footbed'. After that, one can always try other Birkenstock footbeds and compare.

Carole C

Re: Sandals for PF?

Deb on 4/09/04 at 15:42 (148624)

I have the Birkenstock Arizonas and like them. Some of the newer models I just don't like at all. Bought some, then gave them away because they hurt my feet! But even better than the Birks I think are the Z-Coils. They have a similar footbed - its a built-in orthotic. Plus you get 50% impact reduction. Z-Coil makes sandals. I have them. My cousin has them and my daughter has them. Everyone likes them a lot!