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Finn Comfort Customers Comment

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Who better to comment on the quality and comfort of Finn Comfort footwear than our loyal customers?

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Here are just a few of the hundreds of happy customers who have taken time to supply us with comments about Finn Comfort footwear. We really appreciate the positive feedback not only about our website and our customer service, but especially about the products we represent.

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  • Several year ago I suffered with plantar faciitis. After cortizone injections offered no relief, I turned to FC sandals (Orb). To my amazement w/in a month or so I felt 95% better. Just recently, I started having issues with pain in the ball of my foot. Once again I have turned to FC. As long as I have them on, I experience NO PAIN. I am certain it will be a matter of time and my problem will be 100% alleviated. True they are expensive, but hands down it is a far less expensive course than surgery!
  • The name says it all. I had foot surgery soon after receiving my order. I’m in my second week of recovery and these shoes (Jamaica) offer unforgettable comfort, on both feet.
  • Have worn this style (Vaasa) for over 30 years and still love it!
  • Fit was perfect. I like being able to adjust the straps when my feet swell. Sizing was accurate. I found the shoe (Jamiaca) I was looking for very easily. Check out was easy as well. The price was better than any other website.
  • Your website is by far the best source for Finn Comfort shoes! I have been wearing Finn Comfort Shoes for over 20 years. Nothing else compares. Size 46 always fits from the first day. As a bonus your prices are the lowest available.
  • This is the most comfortable pair of shoes (Vaasa) I have ever had. I feel I can walk fore ever in these shoes and I have. No other shoe comes close for a everyday shoe, Don’t miss this one.
  • This is my sixth pair of Finns (Jamaica). They are one of the few shoes that will fit my high arch and let me adjust the pressure across my bunions. Thank you for carrying this brand.
  • I like these shoes (Orb) very much. In three weeks my plantar fasciitis has improved dramatically- one foot is nearly back to normal and the other is about 75% better. I plan to buy Finn shoes for most all of my needs in the future. Fit is good, but I am between 38 and 39- 38 just barely long enough with thin socks; 39 a little big without thicker socks- so I went with the 38 and thin socks.


Birkenstock Removable Footbeds, Insoles and Arch Supports

Birkenstock brands epitomize basic footwear at its very best. German-based shoe distributor Birkenstock Orthopädie GmbH & Co. KG has been serving the public’s podiatric needs since 1774. For over two centuries, all high-quality product offerings have echoed founder Johann Adam Birkenstock’s personal philosophy: “No smoke; no mirrors; no gizmos – just great footwear”.

Birkenstock Blue FootbedJohann’s grandson Konrad expounded upon his ancestor’s brilliance by devising a revolutionary footwear concept in 1897. Konrad’s overriding objective was designing shoes with shapes that conform to the human foot’s natural curvature. His ambitious obsession spawned the then-novel theory that shoes made for close mimicry of the human foot’s internal anatomy offer the most comfort. In 1902, Konrad’s hypothesis concretized into the world’s first mass-produced contoured insole.

The rest is history. Konrad’s introduction of footwear with integrated arch supports that feature broad aesthetic appeal and functionality has made the Birkenstock brand famous for generations.

Answering a perennial footwear paradox

Finding a material with sufficient rigidity that provides adequate support while retaining sufficient flexibility for extended wearing comfort has posed a perpetual challenge for commercial shoemakers.

The Birkenstock blue footbed is a contemporary solution to this ancient anatomical riddle. These innovative inserts offer outstanding support while facilitating full foot mobility and optimal interaction of all internal podiatric structures.

Taking foot comfort to new levels

Compatibility with a vast array of non-brand footwear is the most valuable Birkenstock footbed aspect. These removable insoles feature only the best quality of construction and material components. Primary cork-based construction provides a light weight platform of support and shock absorbency without creating foot fatigue.

Amazing arch and heel support

Each specially designed Birkenstock Blue footbed also provides pronounced support for all three major foot arches. Medial and lateral arches running lengthwise along the foot surfaces function in perfect podiatric harmony with crosswise metatarsal arch movements.

Specially contoured Birkenstock Blue arch supports also include deep heel cutouts that help relieve plantar discomfort and heel pain. A built-in lining and outer coverage of 100 percent genuine silk provides moisture resistance and is easily removable for periodic hand washing.

A dynamic duo of comfort and style

In addition to various widths from narrow to wide that fit any shoe size, Birkenstock Blue arch supports come in two distinctive designs to suit individual needs and lifestyles.

- Casual

Birkenstock’s Blue casual foot beds are intended for insertion into flat shoes that feature identical heel and toe levels. Typical footwear formats include regular sneakers, basketball and cross-training sports shoes as well as many casual and dress shoe styles.

- Heeled

Birkenstock’s heeled arch supports feature elevated forefoot support. This format is most suitable for work, hiking, dress, or casual boots in addition to many dress and casual low-heel shoe styles. Birkenstock Blue foot bed supports accommodate heels heights of up to 15 centimeters. Such versatility ensures their compatibility with a wide variety of heeled shoe styles.

A terrific trifurcation of tremendous support

All Birkenstock Blue arch supports offer outstanding support and optimal spinal alignment by way of supporting all three of the major foot arches. This comprehensive reinforcement regime is not so obtrusive as to obstruct free foot movement while walking or running, however.

People with medial arch heights falling within low-to-medium ranges readily appreciate the additional support and comfort of these non-plastic platforms.

And when it comes to the foot beds in the shoes and sandals, Cork’s natural contouring properties and rapid molding amenability keep “break in” time associated with other alternatives to a minimum. Dual layered Jute fibers add moisture resistance and strength for easy resoling.

Soft suede veneers are valuable foot comforters that continuously soothe and protect the body’s anatomical supportive structures.

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Read The Label

Happy Feet Plus - Reading Your Birkenstock Label


We occasionally get calls from customers who don’t understand the Birkenstock box and footbed labeling. Here’s a short tutorial that should clear up most of your questions.

All Birkenstock brands (Birkenstock, Alpro, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami) use similar labeling.

The important elements on the BOX LABELS include:

  • Width Footprint (A)
  • Sizes in Euro, Metric, and U.S. (B)
  • Item Number – including width reference (C)
  • Other Info – product image; product name; upper material and color; footbed liner material, footbed material, upper material, sole material

Likewise, all Birkenstock brand FOOTBEDS carry very similar markings:

  • Width Footprint (A)
  • Sizes in Euro, Metric, and U.S. (B)
  • Manufacturing Run Sequence (D)

OK, let’s take them one at a time.

The Width Footprint may display one of three images:

  • Regular (A1)
  • Medium (A2)
  • Narrow (A3)

All item numbers (on the box labels) end in either a 1, 2, or 3. Items ending in “1″ are regular width. Items that end in “2″ are medium width, and those that end in “3″ are narrow width.

The sizing information (B) provides length references. The top number represents the Euro size. Euro sizing does not differentiate between men’s and women’s – a size 42 is a size 42 whether it is a men’s style, a women’s style, or a unisex style.

The middle number is the metric measure. It is an absolute measurement in millimeters. Typically this measure is from the back edge of the heel cup to the front edge of the footbed “lip”.

The bottom number(s) is the U.S. sizing. Normally it will list the ladies size equivalent (L) and the men’s size equivalent (M). In the smallest and largest sizes only a ladies or men’s size may be shown.

Finally, many but not all footbeds will have a manufacturing run sequence number (D). This has nothing to do with size. It is a sequential number used during manufacturing to keep left and right shoes matched up. This number ensures that the carefully selected matched leather for left and right shoes is kept together.

Hopefully this will help you get the right fit whether you’re buying for the first time or the hundredth time.

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Clean up those Birkenstocks

Keep Your Birkenstock's Clean

Do you love your Birkenstocks?

What a silly question. Of course you do, don’t we all? Do you want your Birkenstocks to last forever? To be honest we’d love to sell you a new pair every month (or even more often) but being good stewards we’ll provide you with a few hints on how to prolong the life of your Birks.

You can wipe the cork footbed with a damp cloth to remove dirt, dust or grime. More important is to keep the cork water resistant. To do that we recommend applying Birkenstock Cork Life to the cork (and only the cork) once every couple of months, or whenever the cork starts to look dull. One little bottle of Cork Life lasts a long time and will keep water from being absorbed into the cork footbed. Wet cork will deteriorate very quickly.

The suede insoles can become pretty grungy, but you can keep them presentable. Every couple of months you can brush them with a medium bristle brush. You can also occasionally use a hose to rinse the insoles, them brush to remove ground in dirt. Prop them up outside so that they drain and dry completely. When dry, lightly brush the footbed to raise the nap of the suede. (Once the cork footbed are dry would be a good time to apply Cork Life to the cork footbed.)

The uppers also need to be cared for, but each material requires a little different kind of TLC. Leather should be cleaned and conditioned with a mild leather cleaner. Use a matching polish to renew scuff spots and restore the original luster.

Nubuck and suede can be protected from water and soil spots by applying a spray water repellent regularly. Brushing the uppers with a nubuck/suede brush will pull up dirt and dust and restore the nap. The use of a mild leather cleaner will remove stubborn stains. Use the nubuck/suede brush when dry to make them happy again.

Birko-Flor and Birkibuc are man-made materials and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. You can try using soap and water or a mild leather cleaner to remove any stubborn stains.

EVA sandals or clogs are completely waterproof and washable. Wash them with mild soap and water and allow them to dry out of direct sunlight.

Remember the blog from April 7? If not, you might want to take a look and see how you can eliminate, or greatly reduce, the dreaded “stinky shoes”.

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Stinky Footwear – There is a Fix

It may not be PC to talk about stinky shoes, but let’s face it – stinky shoes do happen.

Stinky Sandals Stink

Shoes stink because feet sweat. Well, not directly but that’s where it begins. Your feet sweat and make the insides of your shoes damp. Guess what likes damp dark places? Bacteria! And the bacteria likes to eat your dead cells and oils from your skin. Of course once the bacteria has feasted the next step is the creation of waste products. That’s what stinks.

If you are fortunate to wear footwear like Birkenstock which have removable footbeds you can kill the stink. First you need a large zipper-lock freezer bag (gallon size should do unless you have very large feet.) Remove the footbeds from your shoes or clogs and place them in the bag. If you have sandals, the entire sandal goes into the bag. Sprinkle in some baking soda and seal the bag tightly.

Place the tightly sealed bag in the freezer and wait 2-4 hours. During that time the cold temperatures will kill the bacteria and the baking soda will neutralize the bacterial waste products. While your footbeds are chilling out in the freezer, sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes or clogs. This will help remove odors from the inside of your shoes.

After the footwear is removed from the freezer use a shoe brush, or a brush with reasonably stiff bristles, and brush away the baking soda. Let the footwear, or footbeds, warm to room temperature. The odor should have been removed.

Now I’m not guaranteeing that your feet will smell sweet, but they should be way better. If you have other remedies, let me know so we can share.

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Birkenstock Footbeds are Cool – Keep Them That Way

Birkenstock Footbed Are Cool You know that summer is right around the corner and it will soon be time to wear your Birkenstock sandals all the time.
Summer care of your Birks begins with keeping them away from high heat situations. You don’t want to toss your Birks in the back seat of the car with the sun beating down. If it is 86 degrees outside and the sun is shining, the temperature inside the car can reach upwards of 150 degrees! Temperatures that high can cause serious damage to the Birkenstock sole.
You should also avoid leaving your Birks near campfires, fireplaces, and indoor radiators. If your footwear becomes wet, allow them to air dry slowly, away from direct heat.
The high heat from the car or other heat source will cause the EVA soles to shrink. Depending upon the amount of shrinkage and how the footwear was positioned they may warp into a funky shape. In extreme situations the sole and footbed will separate. Fortunately the heat does not affect the cork and latex footbed. Once the EVA sole is removed the footbed will pop back into its normal shape.
Should your Birkenstocks get exposed to high heat, we can help. Happy Feet Plus is a certified Birkenstock repair facility. We can replace just the EVA sole or do a complete refurbishment and replace both the EVA sole and the cork footbed. It costs just $35 to resole a pair of Birkenstocks and $65 to do a “refurb.”
Before sending your Birks to us for repair, please call us at 1-800-336-6657, extension 244 to talk with our repair shop. We’ll ensure that you get only the service necessary and provide you with a final cost, including shipping and tax, it applicable.
Next time I’ll talk a little about the care and cleaning of your footwear including how to kill the odor of “stinky shoes.”

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Footbed Differences

How many of y’all know that the Birkenstock family includes ALPRO, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio and Tatami? How many of you know that there are differences in the footbeds?

Let’s start with the similarities. First and most important, all of the cork and latex footbeds are exceptionally good at providing support. (If you want to read why we think Support is an essential part of total foot health, click here.) In addition, any of the footwear with a cork and latex footbed use the same formulation. All, except for the Birki’s vegan styles, have a suede foot liner. (The Birki’s vegan styles have a microfiber foot liner.) Finally, Two widths, Narrow (U.S. regular width) and Regular (U.S. wide width) are available in most styles.

On to the differences. The Classic Birkenstock Footbed you know and love has very prominent lateral, metatarsal and especially medial arches. (If you want to read more about the three arches, click here.) The medial arch, in part, is so prominent because of the deep heel cup. The heel cup is deep to provide stability and control. Lastly, the footbed was designed with a unisex shape. When viewed from the bottom the Birkenstock footbed has straight sides. (The Birki’s, Papillio and ALPRO footbeds have more curviness to them. You’ll have to read on to get more information about those footbeds.) All Birkenstock sandals and clogs have a toe bar about half way between the metatarsal arch and the front of the footbed. The toe bar, like the heel cup, helps provide stability and control.
Birki’s, Papillio, and ALPRO footbeds also have exceptional lateral, metatarsal, and medial arch support. They are different from the Birkenstock Classic footbed in that the heel cup is not so deep and as a result the medial arch is less pronounced. The shallower heel cup makes you “sit on top” of the footbed a bit more than the Birkenstock. The Birki’s, Papillio, and ALPRO footbeds also have a toe bar for stability and control. When viewed from underneath, these footbeds have a distinct foot shape to them. The heel is narrower than the Classic Birkenstock and the toe box is wider. In between, the footbed curves in towards the medial arch area.

The footbeds used in the Tatami Oklahoma, Footprints Alton and Ashby clogs and Footprints Derby shoes are very similar to the Birkenstock Classic. They have the same lateral and metatarsal arch as Birkenstock Classic but with less pronounced medial arch. They use a less pronounced arch because the footwear is “enclosed.” They are either a shoe or clog that does not have spare head room. These footbeds also have a deep heel cup and toe bar for control & stability. All other Footprints shoes have the same features with the exception of the toe bar.

If you want to read more about getting the proper fit for your Birkenstocks, click here.

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