Birkenstock Shoe Fitting guidelines & helpful tips...

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  • General Birkenstock Fitting Guidelines

Place your heel within the heelcup.  Your foot should fit the inside edges of the shoe with enough extra length (up to 1/4" - 1cm) for movement while walking.

The contours of the footbed should follow the curves of your feet.  The raised arches might feel unusual at first, but the arches will feel less pronounced as the cork/latex footbed conforms to your foot.


  • Special Fitting Tips for Sandals

When fitting Sandals, the straps closest to your toes should feel snug.  The other straps should allow your heel to lift slighting off the footbed while walking.


  • Special Fitting Tip for Shoes and Clogs

Slip the removable footbed from the shoe.  To determine whether your shoe is the correct width and length, stand on the footbed and inspect the fit.  Toes should not hang over the edge and the arches should follow the contour of your feet.  Reinsert the footbed into the shoe.  I the shoe appears to be the correct length and width and still feels "too big" or "too small" the problem is probably not related to the size, but the volume of the shoe.

  • Volume

Volume refers to the space that surrounds your foot.  High volume footwear feels loose around the toes and instep, while low volume footwear often feels snug.  Volume varies from style to style, as do the wearer's volume tolerance.  I recommend choosing a shoe that allows your foot enough room to easily wiggle your toes and instep.


  • How to Break in Birkenstock Footbeds

Birkenstock footwear works its magic by supporting your arches, which reduces the strain on the muscles of the foot.

It takes a couple of weeks for your footprint to personalize the cork footbed.  Start the break-in process by wearing the sandals with socks for 30-minute intervals for a few days until the cork starts to change shape.  You can increase the amount of wearing time each day.

It is advisable to purchase New Birkenstock Footwear, rather than secondhand, as every foot has their own identity.


  • Repairs & Maintenance

Your Birkenstock footwear is an investment, and all soles are replaceable. Please check your for nearest Birkenstock repairer before your throw them out!



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