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When you think of comfortable summer sandals, Birkenstock is probably one of the first brands that comes to mind — but they're not cheap.
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. But shoppers are raving about an alternative and affordable alternative to their leather styles.
Meet the Birkenstock Essentials collection: lightweight and 100% waterproof sandals made from ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).
Birkenstock’s EVA sandals have a rubber-like texture and the same contoured footbed that fans of the brand have come to know and love.
Each pair provides arch support and feature adjustable straps and buckle closure.
What people are saying
These waterproof sandals have earned positive reviews from Nordstrom shoppers, with a 4.5-star rating based on more than 2,000 customer reviews.
These colourful summer sandals have been called "very stylish" by Nordstrom shoppers who say they're "far more comfortable" than they anticipated.
"Your feet will be happy in these," one shopper said.
“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."
"These are the perfect beach or pool shoe," one reviewer said.
"I have had these for several months and worn them nearly every day. I wore them on vacation, including in the water everyday, and they’ve held up way better than I expected!" a Nordstrom fan said.
While there are mostly positive reviews available online, shoppers have said that the shoes fit big, and have recommended sizing down to ensure a proper fit. Others have noticed a "squeak" when they walk while others have said that any noises eventually go away.
If you're looking for a comfortable and waterproof summer sandal, Birkenstock's colourful Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slides might be for you. Not only are they more affordable than traditional Birkenstocks, but they can be cleaned easily and worn with all of your favourite casual summer looks. However, you might want to pay attention to the shoe sizing before you order — especially if you have narrow feet