First, don't buy them at a department store or mail order. Go to a shoe store that
specializes in them (Abbadabbas in Atlanta) so you can be fitted properly. A MUST!
Second, start out with the Arizona style. I was concerned about them slipping off
(without a backstrap) but they really won't.
Third, Start wearing them SLOWLY. Two hours the first day, three the second day,
Fourth, don't expect to love them for about 3-4 weeks. I know that is a long time but
that's what you need...time to get them broken in. They will form to your foot and
eventually will feel wonderful.
Finally, don't give up on them when they don't feel good at first. For some they do feel
great at first. Not for me. I liked shoes with a heel lift and didn't like the low heel bed in
the Birks. But, like Diane R. posted a long time ago, the low heel bed keeps your
plantar fascia stretched throughout the day whereas a heel lift doesn't. Therefore,
whenever you walk without a lift it is easy to stretch the pf too quickly and reinjure it.
Then you are back to square one!