My mom has been a card-carrying Birkenstock wearer for as long as I can remember. She had foot surgery years ago and supposedly her Birkenstock sandals gave her the support she needed to relieve her foot pain (although surprisingly, Birkenstocks are not listed on the Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program awarded to products found to promote good foot health by the American Podiatric Medical Association.)
Because I’m lucky enough to share the same shoe size as my mom, I’ve borrowed her “fugly Jesus sandals” (as Bree calls them) on many occasions and actually like the way they feel. Theres something comforting about the way the lip of the footbed curls up to surround your foot, almost like a hug. And if you’ve been cursed with wide feet like me, that foot hug feels almost…soothing.
When I was in Chicago this summer on a girls’ trip, I ran a half-marathon at the beginning of the trip and then had to keep up with my friend Emily as we shopped our way around the city for the next week.
My Jawbone Up Band told me we walked/shopped a minimum of ten miles a day. By the end of the third day, with 4 more days to go, I needed some relief. Sadly the Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue didn’t have the Birkenstock Gizeh sandals in the color I wanted (bronze) so I settled for this hot pink shade called Magenta Steel.
Side note: I realized that as long as I pair these sandals with my favorite MAC Girl About Town lipstick they pretty much go with anything I’m wearing. #genius
These bad boys not only got me through the remainder of my marathon shopping girls’ trip but they continue to make me (and my feet) happy now that I’m back home in Hawaii. Birkenstock ‘Gizeh’ Birko-Flor Thong sandals are available online at Nordstrom for $89.95.