'The most comfortable shoes I own': Meet the $40 Birkenstocks everyone will be wearing this summer

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials (Photo: instagram/birkenstock)

If you’re going to buy one pair of sandals this summer, let it be these Birkenstocks. No, I’m not talking about the Birkenstock Arizonas with the cork footbeds, but the Essentials collection made of EVA — a soft, cushiony, waterproof footbed that has shoppers raving about their comfort level and softness.

At $40, these sandals cost a fraction of the traditional Birkenstock Arizona sandals, but with the same amount of quality and comfort you’d expect from the historic brand. They’re the perfect sandals to take with you on summer vacations, beach outings, weekend errands and more.

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials for men and women (Photo: Zappos)

They’re currently available in blackcoral and scuba blue for women and blackkhaki and navy for men. Below, a few reasons why customers say these Birkenstock Essentials are the very best.


Birkenstock Arizona Essentials for men (Photo: Zappos)

“These are the most comfortable shoes I own. I bought them for a trip to Europe since they are rainproof. Honestly I did not have one moment when they didn’t feel like wearing slippers. I’ve had them on all day for the last two days to be sure the first few minutes of comfort would continue. I am going to order other colors,” shared one happy customer.

Another said, “Finally, the comfort of Crocs without the shame of wearing Crocs! I call these my ‘Birkencrocks’ and I love them. They fit and wear like any Birkenstock, and they don't soak up water because they have a foam-like feel to them. They are definitely rugged enough to hold up to summer walking. I have been wearing Birks for 20 years and I wish the Essentials had come out years ago. You can't beat the style and fit for the price!”

Great value

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials for women (Photo: Zappos)

“Been a Birk man for most of my life... Taking care of our feet is important to health! The cost of nice leather is always creeping higher and higher. And when they are worn almost all the time, it can be a challenge to keep clean and pricy. That is why these EVA's are outstanding.... At a fraction of the cost of leather, I can wear these Birks everywhere casual (i.e. walking dogs, yard work, cleaning, etc.) and not worry about getting them dirty, washing, or sealing cork, etc,” shared one 5-star reviewer.


Birkenstock Arizona Essentials for men (Photo: Zappos)

“These are my summer go-to's. Compared to normal Birkenstocks, they're incredibly low-maintenance. I love being able to wear them absolutely anywhere without having to think about them getting wet. You can rinse them off after gardening or going to the beach, and they break in quickly. They fit the same and feel just as comfortable (except they don't get quite as personalized as the cork footbeds).”

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Birkenstock Arizona Essential

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials for men and women (Photo: Zappos)

Shop it: $40 (women’s styles), zappos.com

Shop it: $40 (men’s styles), zappos.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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