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For several years in a row, female travelers have voted Birkenstocks as one of the top travel sandals. There are so many styles to choose from and today we’re talking about one of our favorites. Here’s our Birkenstock Gizeh review!
Birkenstock Gizeh Review: Must Have Travel Sandal
For the first five years of my travels, I was a flip flop type a girl since I spent most of my time in tropical places like Southeast Asia and Central America.
When I started having back problems, though, they no longer made the cut for long days on my feet. Refusing to wear the traditional travel sandal type shoe, I opted for what seemed to be the fashionista alternative: the Birkenstock Gizeh.
Not only did I make a good choice for my feet, but as it turns out the fashion world agreed!
Birkenstock sandals once were considered some of the most unattractive footwear choices for women, but they’ve been revamped from fashion don’ts to fashion do’s in recent years. That’s right, Birkenstock sandals, along with similar flatbed styles, are now considered fashion-forward.
So if you’re looking for your perfect pair of Birkenstocks, here are some of the top favorites that you can wear all summer!
I like the Birkenstock Gizeh style because it’s available in the narrow sizing which makes the shoes look a bit less clunky on my slender feet. I chose them in metallic silver last summer because I was looking for a dressier color than the traditional leather brown.
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The metallic silver worked well with my outfits in Southeast Asia because I had casual, beach style clothing. For city style, I’d probably opt for a black pair to create a more contemporary look.
These Birkenstock Gizeh sandals are extremely comfortable and my back felt tremendous relief as opposed to wearing flip flops. I can’t imagine wearing closed toe shoes in the heat, so it was great to have an option that allowed me to stay cool and comfortable.
Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from your dirty Birkenstock Gizeh sandals.
While they’re not meant for trekking like the traditional travel sandals, I went on a last minute trip to Khao Sok National Park in Thailand the week before I left and had to wear them for a few hours to hike up a mountain. While I wouldn’t recommend them if you’re planning to trek regularly on your travels, they managed the job for a one time experience.
Overall, I highly recommend the Birkenstock Gizeh as travel sandals for women looking for both comfort and style. Even though Urban Outfitters is featuring Tevas on their store shelves, my personal style isn’t enough to make these look chic so I’ll stick to the Birks for now!
Here’s a few of this season’s latest styles with fun prints and summer colors. Take a look at the slideshow!
Check out this post for other Birkenstock sandals inspired styles!
For more travel shoe inspiration, please read these posts:
- 20 Cute and Comfortable Flats for Travel
- The Best Walking Shoes for Europe
- The Best Travel Shoes for Italy
- What Shoes Should I Pack for a RTW Trip
- Cute and Stylish Flip Flop Sandals
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I’ve opted for the Gizeh, however, I’m scared that the thong part would rub between my big toe and second toe, causing blister?. Was this the case for you?
Would you wear Gizeh (silver metallic or leather brown) in Hawaii in August? Or just stick with flip flops?
Hi, Great post! I am going to Rome , Croatia and Slovenia this summer and definetly want to get these sandals. Did you get them Narrow or Medium Width? Do they run big or small. ( ordering them online). Thanks.
HI Daniela, I have a regular width foot but prefer the Narrow
I love the metallic styles! Does the metallic design hold up well? Or does it rub off quickly?
It eventually lost it’s sheen a bit because I’d take it to dusty places but it was nice 🙂
Hi ! Awesome post ! I’m actually debating which pair of Birkenstock to bring to my upcoming Southeast Asia trip. And maybe you can give me some suggestion.
I got a pair of old Gizeh metallic blue birks and I wore them for at least 4 years . Perfect for walking and they are mold to my feet.
I got another pair of brown Arizona birks , brand new , just started to wear them this summer. They are less stylish than the metallic blue Gizeh but good for walking.
Can’t decide which pair to bring…considering I will be doing some walking in Southeast Asia. Any thoughts?
I’d go for the Brown ones as they will go with more outfits! Happy travels!!! Enjoy Southeast Asia! My favorite place!
These are the best travel shoes. Extremely comfortable and if you are in a tropical environment perfect for visiting markets.
I really want a pair of birks. However, I am concerned as to how they hold up if they get wet. Any thoughts?
They’ll smell but they’ll be okay. That’s why you also need a pair of shoes you can get wet. What type of traveling will you use them for?
We will be in Cusco and the Inca Trail. I wanted a pair of sandals that I can walk around in, look cute and don’t have a thong (I planned on purchasing the Arizona Birks). I also want to wear them in the evenings after each day on the trail. Thank you for all of your tips. I have been reading TFG since we started planning our trip to Peru.
Thanks Allison! I hope you have a great time. Did you look at the Peru packing lists?
I took mine hiking through wet mud and they survived just fine. Only did it once though
Gizeh are for men too !! I have pair in Black – and i love them. I just dont get why so few men Wear them
I’ve seen many guys wear them on my travels – they can look very sophisticated when paired with tailored clothing!
i must admit that i usually Wear them with a pair of Levis 511
This will be my third summer rocking my bronze Gizeh’s and I’m so glad to see them finally getting the credit they deserve! I have extremely high arches, and to find a shoe that not only touches but supports them, is a must in my closet and my travel wardrobe. I’ve worn them at the beach, after long Alaska hikes, and in Ireland, sightseeing, trekking, and dancing. Hands down my favorite summer shoe!
they are very comfortable and now they’re a fashion trend 🙂