Sunday, April 12, 2015

Is it Birkenstock weather yet?

I spend all the better weather wandering around in a pair of Birkenstock sandals.  They are not cheap to buy, but they are so comfortable to wear.  I wear this style:

Now I have been known to wear socks and sandal's as well; which I know is a fashion faux pas!

Care tips for Birkenstocks (from this site)

Apply cork sealant
Your new sandals already have a light coating of sealant to prevent the exposed cork from drying out. If the cork no longer looks shiny, apply another thin coat of a flexible sealing material. Done periodically, this application will prolong the life of your Birkenstocks.
Clean and protect uppers
Apply water and stain protector to leather, suede and nubuck uppers before wearing and after each cleaning. Keep suede uppers fresh looking with a suede brush. When the upper becomes soiled, use mild soap suds or clean with a commercial suede cleaner. For nubuck, use a nubuck block. Clean and condition leather with high quality neutral leather creams; use matching leather polish to cover scuff marks. Wipe Birko uppers with a damp cloth.
The inside of the footbed may also be washed with mild soap suds and a soft brush. Dry slowly, away from heat, to prevent cracking!
Avoid extreme heat!
The Birkenstock sole has been carefully selected for its superior qualities. It is lightweight, flexible, durable and shock absorbent. However, both the cork and soles can be damaged by exposure to excessive heat. Keep your sandals away from radiators and fireplaces. Never leave them in a closed car on a very hot day, or on the beach exposed to direct sun.
If your sandals become wet, let them dry slowly, away from direct heat.
If the soles should become damaged or worn, they can be replaced. Ask your Birkenstock retailer for assistance.
Although we only use the highest quality leathers and test them for colorfastness, any dyed leather may shed some color. Please be very careful with delicate or light- colored socks, especially when your footwear is new.
Birkenstock footwear has been constructed using only the highest quality materials and can easily be refurbished.
Protect your investment and prolong the life of your sandals with Birkenstock heel and toe taps. Repair your sandals with original Birkenstock soles before they have worn through the cork footbeds. Cracked cork is easily repaired as well. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine! Contact the nearest Birkenstock retailer or see your local repair shop.

What is your go too footwear when the weather is nice?


Jacquelineand.... said...

Barefoot is always in style; otherwise a nice pair of slip-ons is good.

Leigh said...

I love Birks! And I do wear them with socks, handknit socks in crazy colors and patterns. Love!

Evelyn said...

nice! never owned a pair! when weather is nice I wear sandals if wearing dress or skirt if pants or playing sports I wear a cheap pair of canvas sneakers, I can't wear regular sneakers as my feet cook!

Marilyn K said...

I used to wear Birks a lot and loved them. Now I find the insole is not cushy enough and hurt the ball of my foot. I love my slip on Sketchers Go Walk shoes or flip flops.
I agree that socks with Birks are ok...especially fun socks.

slugmama said...

I have always had an extra wide foot so there are very few shoes I can wear. Easy Spirit is one of the few. I love sandals and going barefoot more as often as I can get away with it.

My brother wore Birks and shorts all year....but then again, he lived in Southern Virginia so he could get away with it.

Boyett-Brinkley said...

It is birkenstock weather here and has been for a few weeks. I usually go barefoot in the house and I prefer sandals outside. I have a problem with tie shoes because my arches are really high so I wear mostly slip ons -- flats and such.

Boyett-Brinkley said...

Oh, yes, I have worn birks with socks as well -- child of the 60's I am!

Scrappy quilter said...

Bare feet whenever possible. Running shoe otherwise.

Rachel said...

In the spring, summer and fall, I am either in sandals or ballet flat type of shoes. In the winter, most of the time I am in knee high boots.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I love sandals and also wear socks with them at times. I figure by my age, who cares about making a fashion statement as long as my feet are warm :)

Belinda said...

My favorite style is barefooted and then a sandal. :)

William Kendall said...

From spring through late fall, I either wear dress shoes or hiking shoes. I can't recall ever liking running shoes.

Anonymous said...

I'm longing for a comfortable pair of sandals that I could use for long walks. As you say it's an investment, but it's time I moved away from fancy shoes and got gentle with my feet !

Rose said...

Due to problems with one foot, tennis shoes is usually my shoe of choice. But before that, just cheap flip-flops for me.

Pom Pom said...

Birks and flip flops here! Finally!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

My black crocs sandals!!

Karen said...

I have a pair of three strap FLORIDA sandals, a pair of closed toe clogs and some the same as yours. My three strap sandals are in good shape other than the cork sole cracking. I wish I knew where to get it resoled. Other than CROCS for the garden, I only ever wear birkenstock footwear!

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