clogs forever CLOGS I am a travel writer and need to exist in any climate, weather and social circumstance with ONE pair of shoes. I finally found the perfect pair for my feet (but not high class social situations). Pro: Why do I like them? P1. Perfect fit. Technically they are probably too big, but I don't care what any podiatrist might say. I know what *feels* good. P2. They are funny shoes. I feel like a clown wearing them (see con!) P3. They are 100% waterproof (but see con). P4. My feet breathe. May people ask me 'Aren't your feet hot?' (I am in Bangkok). Quite the opposite. My feet are cool - perhaps one size 'too big' helps. P5. They are very comfortable. In any other pair of shoes, including other Birks, I feel like a prisoner. P6. They start conversations with German travelers I meet in S.E. Asia and beyond. P7. Although supposedly one is supposed to wear ankle supporting boots or athletic shoes while hiking I walk mountain paths in mine, and have never a problem as long as the incline is not too steep. P8. The insoles are replaceable when they wear out. P9. The insoles are dryable when they get wet (and they do) P10. I can wear them with or without socks. P11. The grip on the soles is very good. After about a year though they are nothing special. Con: Why do I not like them? C1. My pair are green - not exactly standard male attire. Singapore does not sock conservative colours like dark brown. C2. Because they are healthy natural shows they cast me as a hippie. C3. Because they look like work shoes and have no status appeal they do not appeal to females looking for a breadwinner. C4. The insoles wore out in less than a year. Maybe this is normal. In Singapore, which is probably where I will get my next pair, insoles cost over 20% of the price of the clogs they fit. C5. They are waterproof only on the bottom. They are not boots and they are not intended for walking in swamps. If it is pouring rain your feet will get very wet. C6. They are expensive (but I have worn one pair of shoes for over two years - so per day they are not expensive). C7. Frequently I get stones in them. I presume this is because they are open shoes. C8. They are very hard to find in Asia outside of metropolises such as Singapore and Hong Kong. C9. They are very expensive for a plastic pair of shoes. It is very frustrating to see gardening clogs in Thai superstores for a fraction of the cost of these - from China I believe. But they are too narrow and the plastic is definitely softer. I know because I tried them on. I have also heard of knock-offs being sold in Australia for AUS$20 . But who knows how good they are for durability and comfort? Conclusion: Curiously I have bought and worn other Birks and been very unhappy with them - I felt like my feet were being tortured. I am not willing to 'wear in' any shoes. They must be immediately comfortable and stay that way. These clogs are very different. I can only suggest that anyone considering buying them might want to try a size bigger than usual. I have a high instep, narrow heel and wide at the toes. If you are somebody who doesn’t care what people think, if you insist on comfort, and if like me you got tired of stubbing your toes on third world sidewalks - these shoes are a godsend.
I generally do not write product reviews because I am never truly wowed. These clogs, however, are amazing. As a neurosurgeon, I spend very long amounts of time on my feet, standing in essentially one place. Prior to ordering these, I tried Dansko/Sanita clogs, Professional Crocs, and every running shoe under the sun with the same result. At the end of surgery, my legs/back ached and the next day I felt like I had run a marathon. I just completed 18 hours of surgery wearing these clogs and feel great. I'll never operate in anything else. I was able to wear them without really breaking them in. I've worn Birkenstock for years, though, and my feet are used to the shape of the foo tbed. If you're a new wearer, I'd suggest wearing them for a while before you test them out in, say, an operating room where you can't futz with them. One drawback is that they don't breath, so appropriate socks are a must. I find that any of the wick-away running socks work well with them. I wore them around for a few days trying out different socks before I first used them at work. They felt true to Birkenstock size, although my Birk size is smaller than my Sanita or running shoe size. They felt a little big at first but over the course 22 hours of continuous wear I was glad that the toe was a touch roomy. As a plus, they are super easy to clean with envirocide and I'm told that they can be auto-claved (although I have yet to confirm this with Birkenstock) which makes them great for dirty environments.
Great work shoes - Before buying this shoe, I suggest you try on a pair of Birkenstocks in the store so you know your European sizing. I am normally a 7, but in Birkenstocks I am a 37 (US 6/6.5). I ordered my normal Birkenstock size and my foot fit perfectly in the footbed. I wore these shoes for about 24 hours before they were broken in, so be prepared for some discomfort and have alternate shoes to change into when your feet get too sore. After they are broken in you will be very happy with them. These shoes are very wide and can feel loose, but once you get used to them they are amazing! (They fit similarly to Crocs.) If you are on your feet all day, you will be grateful for all of the extra room. I found that, when you're walking, it helps to think of these shoes as flip flops -- push down with your toes to keep the shoes from slipping off of your feet. I have a pair of Danskos which I loved, but wouldn't fit after my feet would get swollen. I bought a pair of Crocs, but after a month their lack of support made my heels hurt. These Birki's are the best of both worlds: good support with a loose fit, and you can clean them very easily. I've only had them for a month, but a friend has worn his pair daily for three years and they're still going strong.
Awesome shoes if on your feet all day. The best "kitchen" shoe ever. I have worked in the food service industry for 20+ years and the past 7-8 years have been spent in a kitchen. I have worn Birkenstock sandals for approx 20 years but didn't want to spend the $100 for "kitchen shoes" - especially since this is my part time job. Best purchase ever... Even after working a double, I can get up of a morning and walk without pain/discomfort in feet, legs or back. My full time day job is a desk job - but once a year I help with physical inventory. The first year I wore tennis shoes - big mistake! I went home for lunch that first day with aching feet, legs and back - decided to try my Birki Prof Clogs for the rest of the day - figured anything would be better than the tennis shoes. Best decision ever - the aches and pains from the morning went away and I still felt good at the end of the day. Expensive? Yes - but worth every penny! I have been wearing this pair for 3+ years and would have replaced anything else 5-6 times by now and likely spent more money.
I used to wear my Danskos for the first 5 years of my career. They were great for my back, but terrible on my feet. I have small, wide feet. I switched to the professional Birki’s 10 years ago and will never change back. I can stand and cook for 14 hours with no foot pain. My toes are free and the shoes are just big enough that I can kick them off easily if I spill hot stuff on my feet. They are the best shoes I have ever worn. I am a lifer in these shoes. Oh--and they are NOTHING like Crocs. Crocs are cheap and have zero non-slip protection. No cook in my kitchen is allowed to wear crocs.