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Old 08-07-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Life is way too short to wear ugly clothes and shoes!
I don't wear ugly clothes, and I think Birks are quite ugly so I only wear them around the house.

Believe me, if you had the horrible aching feet that I had before buying my first pair of Birks, you wouldn't worry about their appearance. All I'm saying is: don't judge them by their ugly looks.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:57 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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The bottom of my feet ached for years until my sister in law told me to try a pair of Birks. I can't thank her enough. I used to wear slippers in the house, and tried custom made orthodics in expensive sport shoes... a total waste of money!!
I own two pairs of Birks, one for my house, one for in and around our travel trailer through the summer. I want to get another pair for our cottage too.

While they are certainly clunky and quite ugly, my feet haven't felt this good in years. I just don't wear them out of the house (or while camping).
There are a couple of styles that don't look like clunky, ugly Birks. If you can get them in the narrow size, and get them a size smaller than what's recommended, they can look like more normal sandals. The advantage to them is that they can provide better support. I have really high arches, so the last few years I've needed orthotics. However, with Birks, you can have the podiatrist custom-build the orthotic into the footbed, so you don't have to wear clunky shoes with a big orthotic inside. It's a good compromise. Just choose the style and sizing carefully, and it can work.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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Mom shoes. Forget it. Why not just add some wooly socks and call it a day?

If it is not sexy, I am not wearing it.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:29 AM
 
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To me these shoes look like they are for people who have problems with their feet. In terms of style I don't care for them. I remember having a pair in the 90s when I was in high school and thought this trend almost like Uggs which I don't care for would be done.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:03 AM
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Location: Cushing OK
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To me these shoes look like they are for people who have problems with their feet. In terms of style I don't care for them. I remember having a pair in the 90s when I was in high school and thought this trend almost like Uggs which I don't care for would be done.
The thing about shoes is they need to be comfortable. Uggs and Birkenstocks will always be worn since they are. I have no sympathy who women especially who wear shoes which mess up their feet and hurt. Summer or not, my oldest pair of ugglile boots are my outside shoes and I wear them shopping since me feet don't hurt. And the sandals I have are earthsomething brand, supposed to be comfortable, but I can't walk too long in them. I just wish I could afford birkenstocks. The pair I used to have literally got worn out before I had to abandon them. I even did socks with them when it wasn't too cold.

There is nothing wrong with ignoring fashion and having comfortable feet.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:29 AM
 
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Birkenstocks are fugly and I only wear cute or sexy sandals.
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They are hideous.
My style is classic, pretty, feminine footwear.
Interested in examples.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't wear socks with sandals; that seems rather pointless to me. But to each their own.

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There is nothing wrong with ignoring fashion and having comfortable feet.
Just to be a devil's advocate here ... because I agree with your post ... But how is wearing Birkenstocks (or any other piece of apparel) "ignoring fashion"?

There are some styles of Birks that seem quite fashionable and look pretty much like any other sandal out there.

Of course, there are some styles I don't like. The clogs would make my feet look like overgrown pollywogs. But if I liked them, and they fit well, I'd wear 'em anyway.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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fast forward to a few years

Tab a Doctor: The Worst Shoes for Your Feet
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Some of us choose not to roll out into public looking like slobs or special needs. I'm not the fashion police, but I put a little effort and finding a comfortable shoe that doesn't make you look like you drool on yourself is not that hard to find. I don't understand why it's too much to ask. The thing is, those things arne't that comfortable. I guess a good group of lazy are good to help offset those obsessed with looks and brand names. I'll just sit here in the middle.
Wow. Judgmental much?
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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I find them extremely ugly and really don't think I could ever wear them. I also refuse to wear high heels and shoes that are harmful to my feet for the sake of fashion. There are plenty of shoes and boots that are comfortable and yet look good and modern. I'm not a girly girl so I'm not really going for the sexy look, more of a classically modern look.
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