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Now that summer’s almost here, many people are looking to trade in their sneakers for a pair of sandals that can take on your busy lifestyle while keeping your feet comfortable and pain-free.
One of the most popular sandal styles for the season is a trusty pair of Birkenstocks. The German footwear manufacturer is known for their signature cork contoured footbed and orthopedic insole. While a pair of Birks may leave your feet feeling happy, they’re not as kind to your wallet.
Most recently, actress Naomi Watts was spotted walking her dog, Izzy, in New York City wearing a pair of Birkenstock’s Arizona EVA sandals ($60 CAD/$45 USD).
The 52-year-old looked laidback in a pair of blue leggings, white tank and oversized button down with her blonde locks thrown into a ponytail. Watts accessorized the look with a pair of oversized cat-eye sunglasses by Vera Wang.
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The lightweight and 100% waterproof sandals made from ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) offer plenty of flexibility and cushioning that Birks fans have come to appreciate.
“These remind me of my Crocs growing up, except these look cute!” one shopper wrote. “They’re very on trend. They go with loungewear, beachwear, activewear and dresses. I’m usually an 8.5 but got a size 7 and they fit perfectly.”
“I bought these because I am very pregnant with feet that sweat easily. I wanted a sandal thats easy and cute to wear. I love these,” another wrote. “I slip them on and go and they have a soft enough sole that my tender feet remain happy. Plus, I get compliments on them often.”
Some shoppers have complained that there can be a bit of irritation on the toes but can be easily hacked with a bandaid to remedy the issue.
“I have plantar fasciitis and if you’ve ever had this, you know it is very painful. I have to always wear shoes, and these are now my go to shoe around the house. As soon as I get out of bed, I slip my feet into the sandals,” a U.S-based shopper said. “I wear other Birkenstock shoes outside of the house and have an insert for my gym shoes. I’m gradually seeing some improvement in my condition. These shoes are very comfortable and have a spongy feel to them. The only issue, which some others have cited is the front strap can irritate the toes, especially if you have additional feet problems, like the beginning of hammer toes. I put a band-aid under the strap to minimize any irritation, and this seems to work.”
Although we’ve been seeing some of our favourite stars sport white Birkenstocks for summer, the Arizona EVA sandals are available in a ton of different colours – and selling out quickly!
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