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When you think of comfortable summer sandals one brand often comes to mind: Birkenstock.
The German footwear manufacturer is known for their signature cork contoured footbed and orthopedic insole. While a pair of the Birks are sure to leave your feet feeling happy, they’re not as kind to your wallet.
A pair of Birkenstocks are likely to set you back anywhere from $110-$200 CAD, depending on model — and sometimes more for special edition releases. Luckily, there’s an affordable alternative to sport this summer that delivers the same Birkenstock comfort you know and love for a fraction of the price.
Meet the Birkenstock Essentials collection: lightweight and 100% waterproof sandals made from ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).
With plenty of flexibility and cushioning, a pair of EVA sandals are likely to become your must-haves for the season. The best part? They retail for less than $60 and come in fun colours, too!
We’ve gathered some fun Birkenstock EVA styles to entice you to slip into something a little more comfortable - and affordable this summer.
”I love these Birkenstock sandals, very stylish and most of all comfortable,” one Nordstrom shopper said. “The quality of this shoe is amazing. And most of all the shipping was very fast. I would definitely buy me another pair to add to my shoe collection.”
“Love these shoes! I have flat and very narrow feet and cannot wear flip flops because they don’t have arch support,” another wrote. “These are super comfy and have the arch support I need. They do run big, I have another pair of Birks in a size 39 (8-8.5) and the 38 (7-7.5) fits me in this style. I'm ordering another pair in black!”
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $45
“I love my leather Gizeh’s but they aren't practical for being on the water,” a DSW shopper wrote. “These are made of a material much like crocs - lightweight but still supportive. I wear the same size in these as I do in regular Birks.”
SHOP IT: DSW, $45
Available in a classic black for both men and women, these super-lightweight sandals are perfect for around the backyard and pool.
SHOP IT: SportChek, $60 CAD
“I was worried that they would be a weird texture but they aren't and literally the best shoes,” wrote one Urban Outfitters shopper.
“I love these shoes. I love Birks but they aren’t supposed to get wet,” another wrote. “These are a perfect solution. Love them for the beach or when I’m washing my car.”
SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $45
“Honey, this is like wearing cotton,” one HSN shopper wrote. “This shoe, purchased blue size 10 is like wearing cotton on your feet. I wore them 3 weeks straight. I received so many compliments, people knew the shoe company right away. I would love this in black.”
SHOP IT: HSN, $45
“Ive been wearing my white EVAs every day since Ive purchased them. They are comfortable and stylish. Ive gotten a lot of compliments. I have a high arch, and when I wear the hard bed Birks, my arch is killing me within an hour,” a Journeys customer wrote. “However, these slippers mold to my feet and are so comfortable. I am a size 7/7.5 and I purchased the 7. I recommend these to any looking for a more affordable or more comfortable Birkenstocks.”
SHOP IT: Journeys, $45