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#1 lilmissmuffet

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:46 PM


I'm SO sick of my fancy, expansive thongs/flip flops breaking! At $30 a pop they are as cool as rubber thongs can get but they just don't go the distance.

I'm considering Birkinstocks but are they a terrible fashion faux pas?

This style http://www.birkenstock.com.au/product_deta...gizeh/04385/0/0

My feet are size 9 so I imagine they will look like twin boats on my feet   biggrin.gif

Is there a fashionable alternative? Not too dressy, these shoes will be for doing the school run, grocery shopping, playground playdates, etc.

ETA Does anyone else have problems with their thongs/flip flops, the ones beginning with "H", breaking or is it just me?

Edited by lilmissmuffet, 08 November 2012 - 12:51 PM.

#2 CupOfCoffee

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

In the land of thongs, they would be the ones I like the most (But I personally don't like 'fancier' thongs though, I think thongs should be simple, comfortable and well wearing).

#3 Heffalump

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

They look ok, but comfort wise I think they are a little overrated.

#4 elmo_mum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

i have a size 9 9/12
i love my birkenstocks!!!

btw - that style is on special at harris scarfe this week


the silver ones go with most things... if you look through the birkenstock on line store there are heaps of colours and patterns!!!!

go for it!

as i said i love em!

#5 lamarque

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:53 PM

I've heard them ribbed a bit around the place.

But for a person with a dodgy back, they're wonderful!  I have the exact ones in your link but in white.

I can't wear the strappy summer shoes with 2 cms of sole at all.

#6 daisydo

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

I love mine.

But I don't recommend wearing them with socks!

#7 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

Ugly, but so bloody comfortable that sometimes comfort wins out.

#8 Quack Quack

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

That style of Birks really isn't that comfortable.  I have a pair similar, not thong style but with the strap that goes over the top of your foot with a buckle... and have hardly worn them sad.gif they are so hard on your feet, just uncomfortable.

However, that said, I do have a pair of Birks which have the soft bouncy inner sole, green leather just over the top of the foot... they are MAGIC! were not cheap... but I have had them now for about 5 summers and Live in them, so I certainly have my moneys worth wink.gif

#9 monnianni

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

Love Birkenstocks, both my pairs have died and several years of use, am off to check out Harris Scarfe for a new pair, thanks PP!

#10 Monket

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:59 PM

I am not a thong person but I have some birkies of the clog variety and I love them.  They are so comfortable and they have half a cat on each foot so are more funky than daggy.

#11 Beancat

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

My "H" thongs have been fine.  I have also had good wear out of Ripcurl thongs

Birkenstocks, a bit daggy, not my scene.  But I wouldnt pick on someone for wearing them though original.gif

#12 Anemonefish

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:03 PM

I have ankle/foot problems so I mainly only wear Birks. I have 7-8 pairs, including a pair of really nice leather Mary Janes.

I usually order them from Germany, from the official website:
Much cheaper and so many different styles to choose from. If you order over $400 worth, you get free postage. I have a few friends who love Birks, and we usually put in a joint order once or twice a year.

#13 midstudentcatie

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:05 PM

I live in them! Same style as you posted, plus the Boston style in winter, numerous colours original.gif I can't do thongs at all, esp not havvies as my feet are shockingly flat and they kill me. Birkies have heaps of support without being hot, so they're perfect in my eyes! I've never heard them being ribbed, definitely not a faux pas unless you go for the real nanna style ones!

They are like wearing planks of wood on your feet until the cork softens up, but once it does, oh my gosh! Better than uggies in winter Tounge1.gif I've had my white pair for 4 years and I can't bring myself to replace them...I'm thinking a good scrub and a new sole and they'll be all good to go again original.gif

#14 Guest_~Songbird~_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:06 PM

Birkenstocks are worth every cent and unlike cheap crap they don't cause fatigue in your feet/legs and back!.

#15 midstudentcatie

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

QUOTE (Monket @ 08/11/2012, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am not a thong person but I have some birkies of the clog variety and I love them.  They are so comfortable and they have half a cat on each foot so are more funky than daggy.

One of my winter pairs has half a pig on each one...by far my favourite pair original.gif Really wanted the cows, but they had to order them from Germany and there was no way I was waiting that long!

#16 sarkazm76

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

Love them - they are about the only shoes I buy as I have high arches and wide feet so most thongs/ sandals are impossible for me to get my hoof into.

I have these though - I had the Gizeh earlier but like these better: http://www.birkenstock.com.au/product_deta...ayari/07168/0/0

For work I have the Boston in grey felt original.gif

Tip - go to a store and try them on, work out what you like and what szie then buy online.  Shop price here is ridiculous!  I bought mine through a shop in Germany using Amazon.co.uk and saved heaps!

#17 elmo_mum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:08 PM



my dhhates u already! lol

#18 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

I love my Birks - have been wonderful for my RA affected feet, however agree with pp I don't find that particular style comfy at all.

I like this style

must say though, I love my Havies as much if not more than Birks.  

Birks take a while to break in.

#19 Libertine

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (sarkazm76 @ 08/11/2012, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tip - go to a store and try them on, work out what you like and what szie then buy online.  Shop price here is ridiculous!  I bought mine through a shop in Germany using Amazon.co.uk and saved heaps!

Good advice. I wear a size smaller than my normal size in Birks. Also I get the narrow fitting as it makes the shoes less clunky looking.

If you know size/what style suits you then you can get great deals on amazon.com. Prices in Aus are a complete rip off.

#20 Anemonefish

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

QUOTE (elmo_mum @ 08/11/2012, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


my dhhates u already! lol

He he, sorry elmo_mum's DH!
Forgot to mention, if you click on 'Bargain Buy' at the top of the home page and select your size, it gives you all the shoes on special in your size.

Edited by Anemonefish, 08 November 2012 - 01:59 PM.

#21 Kay1

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:06 PM

I just got those same ones in Black. I was tossing up between black and silver and now I wish I'd got both, they are so comfy. They took a few wears to break them in but now I love them. They are very popular in my circles so I don't feel too daggy wearing them. original.gif

I got them through a group buy at footshopping. $56 a pair, free shipping and they arrived within a week!!

#22 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

I have a few pairs of Gizeh ones, I tend to like them in bright colours.  I have a dodgy back, and they're the only summer shoe I've ever found comfortable.  I tend to coordinate them with whatever I'm wearing.

Edited by SlinkyMalinki, 08 November 2012 - 02:19 PM.

#23 nom de plume

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

I'm sorry, but I think Birkinstocks are hideous and something I would never wear.  So a "not hot" vote from me.

#24 Silver Girl

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

The fashion writer Maggie Alderson raves about Birkenstocks.

Example here:

#25 nadi~bicardi

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

I just bought some of the clog style ones with kermit the frog on them and they are awesome.  Like a PP I also have rheumatoid arthritis and I find that they are the only shoes I can wear where I have no foot pain at all.  

I only got mine a couple of weeks ago and they were half price on Styletread.  I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for some more.

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