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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: Daloa Sandal
Hoping to find comfortable sandals, editor-in-chief Alex ordered these Birkenstocks, the Daloa, since she’s previously had luck with the narrow sizing in the Birko-Flor style.
These 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 Birkenstocks. I never wanted to spend the money. But, as I get older, have flat feet, bad knees, and wear orthotics, I decided to try something better than flip flops and flat-as-a-board sandals. As soon as I put them on, I knew they were keepers. The arch support is great, it has a slimmer style than most Birks making them more stylish. They feel good enough to wear as a house shoe. No sore or rough spots anywhere.”
How Alex wears them:
BISHUIGE T-Shirt Dress in Blue and Birkenstock Daloa Sandals
If you’re wondering about this cozy dress, Alex wanted to refresh her clothes and wanted something breezy for her move back to Playa del Carmen. To get more information about this dress, take a look at her entire spring/summer haul here!
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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.
So, despite loving her newest find, the Daloa, we’re sneaking in this one because it’s an old favorite for walking. 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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The lovely Birkenstock Mayari sandals have oiled leather, the 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 hear 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.”
Bali Oiled Leather Sandal
For another strappy choice, the Birkenstock Bali sandal has sleek touches with the same corkbed comfort. This one is available in both regular and narrow sizes.
In fact, a narrow shoe wearer says, “Love these so much. Fit true to size, I’m always happy to find the narrow base when I can.”
Yao Leather Slide Sandal
For more Birko-Flor love, these Birkenstock slide sandals will stay put due to the adjustable buckle straps that crisscross 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, “I love these Birks! The fit is perfect and comfortable. Love the strap design on these so much. Cannot wait to pair them with summer outfits.”
The pictured flower pattern evokes lazy summer days, you can choose from a bunch of other colors and it comes in regular or narrow sizes, so ‘go to town’!
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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!
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, and Madrid 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.”
Papillio Lana Wedge – Narrow Sizes Only
For a dressy option, the Birkenstock Lana wedges have a slight heel and come in gorgeous shades, such as metallic silver or an adorable flower pattern. Just note that these ones are for ladies who need narrow sizes.
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 bought these right before our trip to Mexico. These do not look like old lady shoes with the wedge heel. They really don’t look like your typical Birkenstocks. I didn’t even have time to break them in before my trip. The first time I wore them they were so comfortable and we walked a lot that day. I absolutely love them!”
Talk about easy to wear! The Birkenstock Namica mule has gorgeous, soft leather in some chic colors (we love this metallic black), and even though it’s a wedge the footbed molds to the foot and heel cup is deep, so you will feel balanced as you walk. These are available in regular and narrow sizes.
These are ideal for more formal occasions during a trip or for a business conference setting. “I cannot believe how much I love these! I’m an avid Birkenstock wearer due to plantar fasciitis and the need for true arch support. I’ve been looking for a style that was more dressy and these are perfect,” gushes one wearer.
Birkenstocks Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Editor’s Top Pick: Daloa Sandal||”I’m so happy I brought them. These shoes required no break-in period, and were my most comfortable pair of shoes on the trip.”||Check Price|
|Editor’s Second Pick: Gizeh Thong Sandal||“They are a lifesaver for my plantar fasciitis. They have strong arch support. The shoes are well made, I wear them almost every day.”||Check Price|
|Mayari Sandals||“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.”||Check Price|
|Bali Oiled Leather Sandal||“Love these so much. Fit true to size, I’m always happy to find the narrow base when I can.”||Check Price|
|Yao Leather Slide Sandal||“I love these Birks! The fit is perfect and comfortable. Love the strap design on these so much. Cannot wait to pair them with summer outfits.”||Check Price|
|Madrid Sandals||“The quality of the patent leather is amazing! They’re super comfortable and offer great support!”||Check Price|
|Gizeh Essentials EVA Sandals||“This is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn, no joke. I actually find the Gizeh EVA more comfortable than the traditional cork! All of the arch support is there, plus the deep heel cup.”||Check Price|
|Papillio Lana Wedge - Narrow Sizes Only||“I bought these right before our trip to Mexico. The first time I wore them they were so comfortable and we walked a lot that day. I absolutely love them!”||Check Price|
|Namica Mule||“I cannot believe how much I love these! I’m an avid Birkenstock wearer due to plantar fasciitis and the need for true arch support. ”||Check Price|
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 for 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
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 a 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!
What are you thoughts on Birkenstocks for travel? Comment below!
For more ideas on travel sandals, please read:
- 13 Comfortable Walking Sandals that Don’t Sacrifice Style
- 12 Beach Sandals for Hot Weather Vacations
- Tan Sandals Are the Perfect Neutral for Your Summer Wardrobe
- Naot Sabrina Sandals Are My Summer Travel Go-To, Here’s Why!
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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.
I am a long time Birkenstock fan and have had a number of pairs over the years. I find that the leather Birkenstocks are my go to sandals over the synthetic. However, the EVA Birkies are soooo comfortable, lightweight and travel well! I have the Arizona EVA sandals and love them for everyday wear, travel and the beach. Highly recommend!
I love birkenstocks! I have tried other brands but always come back to my favorite birks 🙂
The synthetic Birks are super; comfy and supportive. The one funny thing about them is the farting sound when my feet get wet!
I’m about to get my first ones as I keep reading they are the perfect sandals for summer. Hope they work for me.
I love Birkenstock shoes and wear them year round. They’re especially good for wider feet. Have you considered doing a post about barefoot/minimal shoes? I am slowly moving towards using them and really love them; although, certainly not for everybody.
I bought Birkenstock luganos. They are really comfortable but can’t walk long distance
I don’t get it. My feet must be odd. I owned a pair and wore them often because everyone told me to break them in and they were so painful. What is the magic trick?
Hi Tina, I think that these are one of those shoes that either work for you or they don’t. 😉
I love my Birkenstocks and converted about a year ago. Will be my sandals for Europe trip as comfortable and past the fashion test. Wish I could get some of the strappier styles in Aust, but we have limited selection here.
Love my burks but I think I need a style with a back strap for travel. My slides are hard to walk fast in.
Wish I could wear these but seem to be in between sizes.
Love my Birkenstocks in gold. They can be dressed up or down and very comfortable for travel. Saw an interesting interview w their CEO and his efforts to cut down on counterfeits to protect the brand — even to the point of pulling his product off Amazon.
I love that Birkenstock sandals come in narrow. I wear them at home for my house slippers and my feet love the support.
Love my Birks!
I wear my Birkenstock Gizeh sandals daily at home, as well as when I travel. I bought them for my trip to Italy in 2008 and they are still in great shape in 2022!
Yay for Birks! Currently traveling in Europe and hoping to buy some in Germany! Now I know which ones I want!! Love looking at all the choices, thank you!
I love my Birkenstocks for travel ! I take a pair on every trip. I usually take my Arizona tan ones but Gizeh sandals I have worn walking all over Europe . I have wide feet and bunions and these never hurt my feeet.n
My feet are so happy since following you , not only for travel, but in my daily life as mom and teacher ! Such great information on what have become my favorite shoes to keep me going and pain free all day!
Overall I am very happy with my Birkenstocks (Arizona) but I decided not to wear them on the plane as my feet swell and I think keeping my feet more confined in a sneaker is better. I don’t love walking on cobblestones with them.
I would absolutely disagree that you don’t need time to break them in. The first time I wore them I had terrible blisters both on top and on the underside of my arch. I had to wear them for very short periods to wear them in. Unfortunately I still get blisters on my arches if I walk in them for a long time. Maybe it’s because I have high arches, I should try a different style. PLEASE break them in first!
I have the Gizeh thongs in black and am taking them to Germany with me in September. They’re so comfortable and they go with everything!
Denver International TSA pre-check Line made me take off my Birks because of the metal buckles. However, overall-it’s now my fave to travel!
Hi Tiffany, thank you for sharing this with us, so pleased to hear your Birkenstocks are your favorite shoes for travel! Always love reading about our readers go-to products. Happy travels ?
I have the same problem too. Need to take off my sandals to due its metal buckle. But I still love them
Love my birkies for everything. My finicky feet perspire a lot. Have tried many sandals but always come back to these for great support and to avoid the blisters or “slipping around” that I get with others.
I think you’ve finally convinced me that I should give birkenstocks a try!
Thanks for the comment Lise! It is always worth giving something a try! You never know, they may be the comfiest shoes you’ll ever put on! Happy travels!
I’m so glad young women are embracing comfort and support in their daily footwear choices, but to call the Arizona cute is a bit of a stretch. I still think they are the most awkward looking sandal around.
Thanks for reading Kim! We totally agree, comfort is the most important! Enjoy your travels!
Love the birkenstocks! So confortable!
They are so popular with female travelers 🙂
I say if you like them and they are comfortable then go ahead and wear them for travel if they are season appropriate.
Great tip 🙂
When I was in Germany a few years ago, I decided I wanted a pair of Birkenstocks and searched everywhere for the perfect pair . . but ultimately didn’t get any. Maybe I just prefer soft cushioning, but I don’t get how people think they are “straight out of the box” comfy? They’re so hard!
I totally understand Tiffany! I think everyone needs to find the right shoes for them and everyone is so different!
You should try the soft footbed Birkenstocks. I love m in mine.
The Gizeh Birkie is my favorite style. I got a pair of the EVA ones and they are perfect for beach and poolside activities.
The Gizeh Birks are popular with other female travelers too 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!
Thank you for the confirmation. I only own 5 pairs of Birkenstocks, and YES! The most comfortable footwear. I also have worn Borg and Merrell, Birkos are the best. Now, I will add an EVA and a strappy sandals for dressier evenings and my footwear is taken care of for my up coming European travel. 🙂