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How long does it take to break in a pair of Birkenstocks?

Started 1277333949.07 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1279352360.95 by Pianomama

I just got my first pair of Birkenstocks today. They fit, but feel a little strange, which I expected from the reviews. I know I need to break them in, but am wondering how long it takes before they actually feel comfortable? Any suggestions to help the process?

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Daysdee1277335607.98718608 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

I only own 2 pair and have had them from QVC for many years. I had no break-in time. Very comfortable and I would buy more except I like and need a higher heel.

tucsongal1277338178.662002 PostsRegistered 7/1/2007

In my case, an eternity, LOL. I ordered a pair several years ago and they never did feel comfortable. I should have returned them but I probably made someone shopping at the Goodwill very happy. I would suggest wearing them for awhile every day--you should know it they'll work for you within 30 days.

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JuicyFruit1277338329.383330 PostsRegistered 9/5/2009

Never...I hated them.

ashlynn1277339784.9616 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006

When I got my first pair of Birki's about 4 years ago, I thought I would have to return them because they felt strange initially but I wore them around the house for maybe an hour a day (esp when I got our of the shower and my feet were warmer; I think that may have helped to break them in?) and after about a week or 2, they felt much better and probably after 3 weeks, I was hooked. Now, I LOVE them and all other sandal brands pale in comparison to the comfort that I have in my Birki's. They are wonderful and I'm so glad I gave them a chance. I wear them daily even if I'm going to be doing a ton of walking at a zoo, amusement park. They are my go to shoe even before a sneaker. So I recommend wearing them for an hour or so a day for a couple weeks. I hope you end up loving yours as much as I love mine! (Now when I get a new pair of Birki's, there is no break in time for me.)

Shaz1277341976.403450 PostsRegistered 4/20/2007

I really should not be responding because I only owned one pair and never bought another. However, it did take me some time to break them in UNTIL I took them on a vacation trip to Hawaii. I had worn them about every other day and it seemed the warmth of the weather really helped mold them to my feet. After that, they were heaven! Unfortunately, I have rather "fragrant" smelling feet and the cork bed absorbed that readily so they were eventually rendered quite unwearable due to the smell {#emotions_dlg.blushing}

myway1277343523.69322 PostsRegistered 9/28/2007

Almost all I wear are Birkenstocks and I generally don't have a long break-in time. They recommend that you flex the toe a number of times when you receive them to loosen up the foot-bed. Also, the idea to wear them after you shower is really good for helping to shape them to your foot. I love them, I'd rather wear my Birkenstocks than go barefoot! I hope you like them.

dionline1277344171.2932160 PostsRegistered 1/6/2008Central Florida

I can wear mine all day long right out of the box. Everyone in my family can. It seems that those who have a high arch (me!) find them super-comfy right away. Those without a high arch have some trouble with the comfort.

But if you can wear them after your shower or bath when your feet are warmer, they will mold to your foot faster & that should hasten the comfort for you.

I love mine - I probably have at least a dozen pairs with one more on the way, thanks to EZ Pay day!!!

FATCATinCT1277344330.7072561 PostsRegistered 11/18/2006

I have 9 pair. Some I was able to wear straight off and others would take up to a few weeks. I guess it depends on style and what the uppers are made of.

MotivatedM­omma1277347050.97307 PostsRegistered 7/24/2008

I've got at least 15 pairs or so - I live in them once the snow melts and I've never had to break in any of them. I live in them right out of the box! LOVE my Birkenstocks!!

JJ1277347437.953580 PostsRegistered 2/18/2005

it took me about 3 to 4 weeks for the first pair - subsequent pairs not really much at all. i actually had some him pain when i first started wearing them. i think (don't know for sure) that my body did a little realigning from wearing them and i think that might have been why i didn't really experience a break in period on pairs after the first

BacktoBrun­ette1277347498.524256 PostsRegistered 12/22/2008PA, but a NJ native

I wore my first pair right out of the box, and spent about 5 hours walking around at an outdoor festival, on all types of surfaces.

I used to work in shoe store, and the Birkenstock rep. said the HIGHER YOUR FOOT'S ARCH, the less of a break-in period (flatter/flat feet require more adjustment time). Since mine is really high...no problem - and now it feels funny, and not as heavenly, when I wear anything else.:)

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gabbyswolf1277352524.261176 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007TEXAS

About as long as it took me to put them on. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

sha831277602031.62 PostsRegistered 6/26/2010

I just received my new Birkenstock Thong sandals and they are going back. First I didn't need to size up, but also they are horribly stiff and uncomfortable. I have the same shoe-but in a different leather upper and this new one is not comfortable. I also have several other pairs and I never have had to break them in as much as these would need.

Summer211278964195.7241 PostsRegistered 1/27/2010

Sha83, it was the thong sandals that I got too. Since it's my first pair of Birkenstocks, I figured they all fit the same way. Maybe some styles are more comfortable. Anyway, I've done what others suggested and have worn them everyday, at least for a little while, to help break them in. They are slowly getting better, so I'm optimistic that they will soon fit just right. I'm just disappointed that they have such a long break-in period. Thank you, everyone, for your feedback!

OkeyDokey1278964595.763798 PostsRegistered 11/30/2007

I have several pair of Birks. Usually a couple of full days' wear does it for me. The first pair might have taken a bit longer until my feet got used to the feel of the shoe. And fwiw, I prefer open-toe Birks. My closed toe Birkoflor mary janes don't feel nearly as good. The Birkoflor irritates my toes.

Barbara in­ Virginia1278967174.1077690 PostsRegistered 5/22/2010

After my first pair, I no longer have any break in time with my Birks. LOVE them, even in winter, when I wear them with socks. I bought my DH a pair and initially he didn't like them at all. Now that they are broken in he loves them. Start out by wearing them just an hour or so a day. Or however long they feel comfortable. Once they mold to your feet you won't want to take them off.

Deeby1279173921.9131076 PostsRegistered 6/9/2010Southern California

I like HSN's Betulas better. The designs are actually attractive AND they're much cheaper.

The footbed is the same-Betula is licensed by Birkenstock.

For me, the less strap on top the better. My feet can really flex. Like flipflops but so much better.

Knitgirly1279190204.7931662 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

I think it really takes several weeks just to begin the process, and they keep improving from then on, until they really mold and shape to your foot. I have a pair about 3 yrs old and they are perfect. I've been wearing them as slippers, so standing in them for hours- I love them.

I just got a new pair, so nice, with the patent toe loop, and they adjust everywhere. I know Birk's aren't cushiony, but I love them because they maintain the proper foot alignment and they just feel so good for me. I find all my other shoes make my foot strike leading with with pressure on the front ball (which is a sore spot for me). But Birk's allow the foot to strike on the heel, which is more natural, and better for feet (IMO). HTH!

sugarftmom1279192988.4371643 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007Houston

I bought my first pair of Birk's in Taos, NM in 1980. I am one of the lucky ones that has never had to break in a pair.

I only buy the "original" ones with all leather uppers. Sally used to call us "Birkenstock Purists".

I hope you enjoy yours. Like a good woman/wine, they just get better with age!

MJ

ETA: OMGosh...I didn't notice what an old thread this is. I'm sure the OP has either broken those Birki's in or sent them back. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

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robomo1279194856.0239312 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I was lucky - from the first pair, I took them out of the box and wore them. It's been the same with all my Birks. Just be patient. They are so good for your feet, knees and back.

Oh and Betulas are cheaper because they are made in China.

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LaurieJill1279289473.7732005 PostsRegistered 1/3/2009
On 6/23/2010 BacktoBrunette said:

I wore my first pair right out of the box, and spent about 5 hours walking around at an outdoor festival, on all types of surfaces.

I used to work in shoe store, and the Birkenstock rep. said the HIGHER YOUR FOOT'S ARCH, the less of a break-in period (flatter/flat feet require more adjustment time). Since mine is really high...no problem - and now it feels funny, and not as heavenly, when I wear anything else.:)

My mother gave me a pair of hers she didn't want. They were ugly but I figured I could wear them around the house. They KILLED my feet and made the backs of my legs hurt. I finally threw them in the trash after repeated attempts to break them in. I have very high arches, by the way.

polar1279294340.912681 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

Mine never felt comfortable in fact they hurt my feet.

fallsnow561279304396.141192 PostsRegistered 8/12/2008

My first pair took awhile to break in, but I love them and now I don't need much break in time.

I would sit at the table reading with them and bend them while sitting, if that makes sense. I did this with them on my feet, and it helped flex them up.

namealread­ytaken1279346663.717664 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

For me until h311 freezes over.

Pianomama1279352360.952787 PostsRegistered 6/7/2007southern California

I bought a pair of sandals last summer in desperation. I paid around $70 for them. Usually do not buy shoes that expensive. Flat feet, bunions and thick calluses have caused so many problems. I tried so hard to wear them, but they were never comfortable. Very hard soles. Now that surgery removed the bunion, I may try them again. They are still sitting in my closet.

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