Birkenstock sandals are probably the comfiest shoes you can treat your toes to – once they’re broken in, that is. Here’s how to break in Birkenstocks faster so you can enjoy the comfy, stylish sandal in all its glory.
Once a serious faux pas, Birkenstocks now have a place in most of our wardrobes. And with plenty of vegan Birkenstocks to choose from, the iconic shoe is more popular than ever.
No longer relegated to middle aged men on resort town beaches, Birkenstocks are a wardrobe essentials for everyone from travellers to fashion’s elite.
Although Birkenstocks will quickly become your favourite sandal (trust us), they’ll be your worst any more until you’ve broken them in. Yes, Birkenstocks need breaking in, just like your school shoes did when you were 11.
We’re not going to beat around the bush: breaking in Birkenstocks can be painful – and frustrating! But, don’t despair just yet. It is possible to break in Birkenstocks faster with a few clever tricks.
How long does it take to break in Birkenstocks
Thinking this sounds like a lot of work? Don’t worry – breaking in Birkenstocks doesn’t have to be a test of your patience.
While you’ll naturally break them in within a week or two or wear, these tips will help you speed up the process.
If you follow our tips below, you can expect to break in your Birkenstocks in less than a week.
The Mayari Vegan Birkenstocks are some of the easiest to break in thanks to their flexible straps.
What is the best way to break in Birkenstocks?
The best way to break in Birkenstocks is simple: wear them!
That said, you’ll want to do it the right way. Worn for too long at the beginning, Birkenstocks can cause some of the nastiest blisters.
These aren’t just any blisters, either. They’re the kind of blisters that sneak up on you when you’re not expecting it. One minute you might be strutting around, thinking you go away with it and then – boom! You have one of the worst blisters your foot has ever seen.
The best way to break in Birkenstocks is little by little, and with patience. If you don’t want to wait to enjoy your new footwear, though, here’s how to break in Birkenstocks faster.
5 steps to breaking in Birkenstocks faster
It won’t get faster than this – here is how to break in your new Birkenstocks as quickly as possible!
1. Buy the right size
This may seem like an obvious one, but it will make a world of difference. If your Birkenstocks are too big or too small, they just won’t work for you.
The comfort and support that Birkenstocks provide come from the unique foot bed design. Birkenstock foot beds are engineered with toe grips, two different arch supports, and heel support. When you have the right size and break in your Birkenstocks, it’s heavenly. Sized incorrectly, this can be a recipe for disaster.
We recommend that you head to a Birkenstock retailer to try your sandals on, to make sure that you get the right size. Your foot should fit snugly in on the foot bed. Make sure your foot doesn’t hang off at either end but also ensure that there’s not loads of extra room.
2. Wear your Birkenstocks with socks
The socks and sandals trend may have been short-lived, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rock it at home.
A great way to break in a new pair of shoes – while protecting your feet from possible soreness and blisters – is to wear them with socks. You can do this around the house, allowing your feet to get used to the shape of the Birkenstock foot bed to break them in faster.
This is especially important if you have low arches, as the moulded foot bed of Birkenstocks may feel hard in this area of your foot.
3. Wear them an hour at a time
Once you’ve gotten used to wearing your Birkenstocks with socks, it’s time to take the next step and go barefoot.
The best way to do this is to wear them an hour at a time at home. Start doing this daily, increasing the time spent on your feet in the shoes. If you can increase this by 15 minutes every day, your feet should be completely used to them by the end of the week.
4. Flex the soles
If you’ve been wearing your Birkenstocks for a few days and they are still a little uncomfortable, it might be time to take further action.
Believe it or not, you can safely twist and flex the sole of your Birkenstocks where it feels the most uncomfortable. The cork soles of the sandals will accommodate gentle twisting and flexing to make the foot bed more supple.
If this doesn’t work, it might be time to resort to something a little more forceful…
5. Hammer the foot bed
This one is not for the fainthearted, and certainly the last resort!
One of the sticking points for some people is the toe bar of Birkenstocks. If this is you, then use a small hammer or mallet to press down on the toe bar, checking to make sure you are not damaging the sole.
Go gently while doing this and try not to hammer too much. Doing so could weaken the supporting nature of the foot bed.
How long do Birkenstocks last?
When looked after, Birkenstocks can last for years. The initial breaking in period may be annoying, but it will be well worth it. Birkenstocks are some of the best cost per wear shoes around.
Vegan Birkenstocks might not last quite as long as the original leather ones, but they’re sure to stand the test of time if looked after well.