Fit & Size
Trying on your new Birkenstock shoes
- Unbuckle all the straps and place your feet in the shoes. Make sure your heels are all the way back in the heelcups. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arches and the toe grips should fit comfortably beneath your toes.
- Before you stand up, look to see if there is about 1cm of extra space for your toes and your heels and about 5mm on each side of your feet. You'll need this extra room because your feet will expand when you stand and walk.
- Buckle the straps. Support comes from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. A securely fastened toe strap should be enough to keep your foot firmly in the footbed. Other straps can be worn loosely.
Please be careful when buying your Birkenstocks that you get the correct length as well as width. You should have a few milimetres space in the heel and toe areas. Your toes should not touch the cork wall at the front nor should your heel touch the back. This will improve the longevity of your Birkenstocks.
Please use the images below as a guide when you decide on the size of your next Birkenstock shoes.
To ensure that the Birkenstock footwear you purchase is the correct fit, our staff can help you to identify which of the options shown is most suitable for you.
Breaking in your Birkenstocks
Adjust to your new shoes gradually, as they may introduce new movements to the muscles in your feet and legs. Although your shoes may feel rather rigid at first, their flexibility will increase with wear. Leather straps will become more supple and the footbeds will adjust slightly to your feet.
Once your shoes have been "broken in", the footbeds will have a slight upward curve where your toes bend when you walk. You can get a head start by bending them at the toe with your hands. This will soften the footbed and make it easier to walk in your new shoes.