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I didn’t keep the pair I ordered. Loved the colour, but the fit was a bit off.
They are genuine suede but of the floppy sort, so the top of the sandal didn’t hold its shape well. The straps were very long too and if had kept them I would have had to add an extra couple of holes for the buckles.
The footbed f the sandals was apparently the “soft fit” I wasn’t aware that Birkenstock’s did this. I am used to the firm footbed that eventually moulds to the shape of your own foot.
Because of the various oddities of this particular pair of Birks I can only give them 3***s They were unusual for Birks and I have to have at least one pair of Birks in my life at any time. If you are new to the brand don’t let this one strange pair put you off, Birks are the best sandals you will ever wear.
I take a UK 4 / EU37, so I ordered the 37(UK4.5). I was worried I'd taken a size too large, as the shoes really are huge, but without being able to try the size below, I just kept the 37's. (Unfortunately that's the downside of buying online.) I had to poke new holes in the straps to keep the slippers from flapping around, and initially the shoe, although moulded with toe-dents and raised arch bits, gave me blisters straight away after a 30 minute walk. I still don't wear them for long walks, as they just rub in the wrong places for me (another sign that I should have taken a size smaller), but they are great for the garden and around the house. Well built and feel they will last a very long time.
If you take a normal size UK4/EU37, I really recommend taking the size below (UK3.5).
I have normal-slightly-wide feet, 22-23cm long. UK4 usually fits me absolutely fine, unless a narrow fit.
I have had a pair for many years which I have been happy with. The current incarnation is not comfortable and very narrow compared to my previous pair. They no longer seem to make a wide fitting. My previous pair wete great from the word go. These hurt my left foot at a point and although the same length as my previous pair seem longer maybe the moulded innersole is different but i am very disappointed.