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Birkenstock sandals have been the center of attention recently, with women discussing whether or not they are back in style and if they are actually a fashionable sandal to wear when traveling. Find out what our readers said about Birkenstocks for travel!


Birkenstocks for Travel

Written By: Annie Jarvis



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Although Birkenstocks have dipped in and out of fashion over the years, they are still a very popular shoe to add to your travel capsule wardrobe.

Overall, they are comfortable choices for walking, exploring, and even dressing up as the range of Birkenstocks have changed from comfort wear to some dressier options that still feel good for the feet! 


Check out these top recommended Birkenstocks that are travel-friendly!




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Editor’s Top Pick: Arizona Big Buckle Sandal


These Arizona Big Buckle beauties have all the ingredients of a comfy sandal, with a cushioned footbed and an EVA outsole. 

A traveler says, ”This is my first pair of birks and I’m obsessed! The color is beautiful with the large gold buckles. I have a slightly more narrow foot so they are perfect for me! I’m so excited to wear these all summer!

Here’s the original Arizona sandals if you prefer the small buckle!




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Editor’s Second Pick: Gizeh Thong Sandal


Editor-in-chief Alex is a big fan of thong sandals and used to wear the Birko-Flor Gizeh Birkenstocks for travel throughout Southeast Asia. They are convenient to take on and off when visiting temples.

One reviewer echoes this, “I love these shoes, I buy them over and over, year after year. I have owned at least 10 pairs. They are a lifesaver for my plantar fasciitis. They have strong arch support. The shoes are well made, I wear them almost every day.”




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Mayari Sandals


The lovely Birkenstock Mayari sandals have oiled leather, signature arch support, and a toe grip so they won’t slip off. Comes in numerous colors so you’d surely find the right ones for you! 

One happy traveler says, “I waited to review this so I had time to break them in. Those first few days I was skeptical of the sandals that I heard so many high reviews of. Take the time to break them in! Now after having them for a month or so, these are super comfortable! We have done some walking tours on our travels this summer—walking five hours a day and I’ve been wearing these sandals almost daily.”




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Madrid Sandals


A nice simple choice, the Birkenstock Madrid slides are great for casual summer outfits while traveling. These also make good airport shoes as they’re easy to take on/off. The insole is made of sturdy leather, and the cork footbed and EVA sole offer support.

This reviewer is certainly content, “The quality of the patent leather is amazing! They’re super comfortable and offer great support!” This is available in regular and narrow sizes, and has several shades, from red to gold metallic!

Also available in big buckle here and here!




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Uji Slide Sandal


For another strappy choice, the Birkenstock Uji Slide sandal has sleek touches with the same corkbed comfort.

Grippy bone treads and a contoured cork footbed lend rugged grab-and-go comfort to a cushy slide sandal topped with a duo of adjustable leather straps. One wearer shares, “I broke my toe and the podiatrist recommended Birks. I’m so delighted by the adjustable snugness of this style. The classic style wasn’t as comfortable in my opinion. They are cute! Love these!”





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Milano Big Buckle High Shine Sandals


These Birkenstock Milano sandals will stay put due to the adjustable buckle straps with big buckle for a fun design. Throw in the cushioned cork footbed and arch support that encourages proper foot alignment; this may be the perfect summer travel sandal!

One review says, “Comfortable and so pretty! The patent leather and gold buckles elevate this sandal. I’ve worn these to work on warm days with a maxi skirt dress, and the outcome is professional and comfortable.




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Gizeh Essentials EVA Sandals


When you’re traveling, you may need beach shoes that could double as shower shoes. Birkenstock has a plastic version of many of their popular shoes that can easily serve these functions. The one pictured is the Gizeh sandal, but you can also grab the Arizona EVA in the same material.

One frequent walker is happy with these, “This is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn, no joke. I have terrible heel pain when I wear anything other than Birkenstocks, and wanted something more water-resistant than my leather and cork Mayaris for the summer. I actually find the Gizeh EVA more comfortable than the traditional cork! All of the arch support is there, plus the deep heel cup.”




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Papillio Soley Wedge


For a dressy option, the Birkenstock Papillio Soley wedges have a slight heel and come in gorgeous shade. Other color available here.

You can wear these for a night on the town or light sightseeing as they still have the company’s comfort cork footbed as support. Pair with a maxi dress, or a shorter summer dress. 

In fact, these cuties defy the typical reputation of Birkenstock, as this reviewer says, “I’m very happy with these sandals. They fit more like a generous medium width than narrow width, but otherwise true to size. I have wide feet and I’m able to wear them comfortably by adjusting the straps to the last hole. They have significant arch support, (but I’d actually like them better without it). 




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Arizona Platform Chunky Slide Sandal


Talk about easy to wear! The Birkenstock Arizona Chunky sandals has gorgeous, soft suede or leather in some chic colors (we love this warm sand suede). The classic two-strap Birkenstock sandal gets a bold update with a chunky EVA platform design while retaining the brand’s iconic anatomically shaped cork footbed.

These are ideal for more formal occasions during a trip or for a business conference setting. “Love these Birkenstocks so much! I get compliments on them every time I wear them. They are a bit heavier than your traditional Birkenstock but it’s not even an issue because they are seriously so comfortable.,” gushes one wearer.



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Are Birkenstocks Good for Walking?


Travel Fashion Girl recently conducted a survey asking women which shoes were best for a range of different types of travel, including hot weather, rain, beach vacations, and walking holidays. See the full results here!

Birkenstocks came up numerous times in the results of our survey—and there’s a good reason why! Many female travelers feel Birkenstocks work well for sightseeing and walking. The results from the survey are outlined below. 







One of the most popular aspects of Birkenstock sandals is the fact that they are unbelievably comfortable.

These shoes are a favorite among some female travelers who say they require no break-in period, allowing you to wear them straight from the box without feeling those horrible first-time pains! But just in case, make sure you wear your Birkenstock sandals around the house before heading out on your travels.

The cork footbed allows your feet to feel cushioned with firm arch support while walking, making them comfortable for long periods of time when exploring cities or wandering the countryside.


Other benefits of choosing Birkenstocks for travel:

  • Require no break-in period
  • Supportive and comfortable
  • Adjustable straps
  • Sturdy and comfortable
  • Fantastic for walking
  • Soft footbed
  • Great stability
  • Great for cobblestones


They’re also recommended for travelers that suffer from back pain. Find out why! 







Birkenstocks are a favorite among female travelers because they are deemed not only comfortable but also very stylish. These shoes are popular with women exploring fashionable European cities as they are cute and understated, allowing you to wear them with a variety of different outfits.

They also come in a variety of styles and colors, allowing you to choose your favorite pair based on your vacation wardrobe! We’re currently crushing on this Onyx color but they also have a fab olive green, too.

  • Cute and versatile
  • Can be dressed up and down
  • Stylish


Read why one traveler thinks they’re the best travel shoes for Southeast Asia!







One of the best things about Birkenstocks is their versatility. These sandals are loved by women traveling to a variety of different places–from beach breaks to city escapes–as they are perfect for relaxing on a summer vacation or even walking around huge cities for hours on end.

While they are not recommended as hiking shoe, they are still popular on cobblestone streets and uneven terrain. The fact that they are comfortable and cute means female travelers can use them to explore and look good, too!

Depending on how you choose to style them, Birkenstocks are great for daytime adventures and evening activities, as you can dress them up with an evening dress, or play them down to match your casual daytime outfit.


  • Great for steep hills and cobblestones
  • Perfect for hot climates
  • Perfect for beaches and towns


Overall, it is clear that Birkenstocks are super popular for female travelers because they are comfortable, stylish, and versatile. They make your feet feel great no matter where you are or what you are doing! 



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Author Bio: Annie Jarvis is relatively new to the traveling world and has just completed a five month journey around South East Asia, India, and the US. She loves diving, skiing, cooking, hiking, and writing about her adventures on her Refreshing the Page blog.