I love sandals. Growing up in Southern California, I rarely wore anything else. When temperatures hardly drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, what reason is there to give up the freedom of sandals for close-toed shoes? As a kid, I pretty much wore Birkenstocks exclusively. I remember this pair that I had that were blue with a print of a school of fish on them. Gosh, I loved those shoes.
As I grew older, I stopped wearing my beloved Birks and opted for flip-flops instead. Only just recently, I made the change back. I do a lot of walking (and was anticipating a lot more walking with all the travel ahead) and I have flat feet so I knew that the flip-flops weren’t helping. I needed sandals to add to my capsule wardrobe that offered better support and would help keep my feet and back healthy and happy.
While I was in Ventura, California with my family, I decided to head to the Birkenstocks store there to see if I could find my grown-up Birks and I picked the classic Arizona Sandal in Oiled Habana Leather.
How do Birkenstocks measure up to my standards of purchasing sustainable and ethical fashion? Birkenstocks have been around since 1774 and, since then, their shoes have always been made in Germany using eco-friendly processes.
With more than 230 years of experience in the fine art of shoemaking and knowledge gathered from one generation to the next, our shoes exhibit the finest workmanship and are of the utmost quality.
Birkenstock represents top-notch products manufactured with close attention to detail and a high level of hand-crafting. Eco-friendly production and the use of select, high-grade, long-lasting materials all help to protect our environment. Birkenstock products are, and will remain, “Made in Germany.”
We are continuously developing our products to keep pace with our customers’ high standards. New manufacturing processes aided by the latest technologies and the development of new materials and models allow us to offer you unique quality and unmatched comfort, walking and standing, today and tomorrow.
My Arizonas have already been my happy-feet-companions for numerous adventures. From Farmer’s Markets in Southern California, to cold black-coffee-mornings (yes, birks + socks; I’ve done it) at my favorite local coffee place, to train trips and green smoothie lunches in Portland, and stopping to smell the flowers at Pike Place Market in Seattle.
I’m looking forward to seeing where else my adventures (and these shoes!) take me!
Do you wear Birkenstocks?
They’re the kind of shoe that either you hate ’em or you love ’em.
Which camp are you in?