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Get the Right Size

Get the Right Size

If you’re getting ready to purchase your first pair of Birkenstock footwear you might find the following information useful.

First off, there are footbed differences between Birkenstock, Birki’s, Alpro, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami. You can read more about the differences in the way the footbeds fit by going to a previous blog entry Footbed Differences.

As far as sizing goes, all Birkenstock brand family are pretty similar. Click Here to go to the Happy feet Plus Sizing Chart. The length fit for all Birkenstock brand family sandals and clogs conform to the Size Chart. If you’re looking to buy a Footprints shoe, you probably ought to go one size bigger.

Much of the Birkenstock brand family footwear is available in Narrow and Regular widths. The chart below identifies how you can tell the difference in the marking for narrow and regular width footwear. (Some styles come in a medium width. The footprint icon for medium width is solid in the forefoot and open in the heel.)

Birkenstock Width Information

Once you’ve identified your size, ordered your footwear from Happy Feet Plus (of course) and open the box, how do you determine if it is a correct size?

Well, Birkenstock has developed a pretty thorough set of instructions for ensuring that you have a perfect fit.

Birkenstock Fitting Information

    When you first receive your Birkenstock footwear

  1. Remove the shoes from the box and gently flex them with your hands or on the floor. Birkenstocks often feel a bit stiff at first and this will help soften them and make them feel comfy sooner.
  2. Unbuckle ALL of the straps and place your feet in the shoes. Make sure your heels are ALL the way back in the heel cup of the shoes. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arch and the toe bar should fit comfortably beneath your toes, where your toes meet your foot.
  3. Before you stand up, look to see if there is adequate space for your feet (approx. ¼” for toes and heels, and 1/8” on the sides of your feet). You’ll want a little extra room because your feet will expand when you stand and walk.
  4. Buckle the straps starting at your toes and working up. The straps should be a bit snug but not tight. The support will come from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. It’s just right if you can wiggle one finger between the strap and your foot.
  5. Now take a walk around the house and see how they feel. They might feel a bit stiff. That’s normal. As soon as you start wearing them a bit they will start to soften and shape to your foot.
  6. Once you feel comfortable with them around the house then go ahead and start wearing them outside. Make sure to get used to them slowly though. Allow your feet and your body to gradually get used to the new support, the straps and the buckles. We recommend a few hours for the first 5 or 6 wearings. After that you may never want to take them off.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Picks – 3 Papillio Sandals

I know that falling leaves are more associated with cooler weather, but this week we’re offering Falling Leaves as a cool pattern. Three different styles of the Papillio Sandals, by Birkenstock, featuring the Falling Leaves pattern are 25% off. Tabora, Sydney and Pisa. Cool. Really cool.

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Cork – What’s It All About?

What is Cork?

Corkboards, cork bottle stoppers, cork footbeds.
We’re all familiar with these items, but what do we really know about cork?

I haven’t seen a corkboard in years. Cork stoppers in wine bottles are giving way to twist-tops and artifical stoppers. But Birkenstock cork footbeds are still the same as they always have been. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Cork is a renewable resource, so harvesting cork doesn’t destroy forests. Better than that, Birkenstock uses by-products of the wine industry. I guess that makes using cork a good thing. But where does cork come from?

The Cork Oak is a medium-sized, evergreen oak tree and is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. The tree has a thick, insulating bark that may have been the Cork Oak’s evolutionary answer to forest fires. The tree forms a thick, rugged bark which can develop to a considerable thickness and can be harvested every 9 to 12 years to produce cork. The harvesting of cork does not harm the tree, in fact, no trees are cut down during the harvesting process. Only the bark is extracted, and a new layer of cork regrows, making it a renewable resource.

Today every part of the cork harvest is put to use. Leftovers from the bottle cork stamping process are ground down in various sizes and then sorted by quality. Birkenstock ground cork comes from the first quality by-products of the wine industry. The cork-latex mixture (the main component of the Birkenstock footbed) is made in small batches to minimize any waste. Any excess is recycled.

Birkenstock is still using both natural cork and natural latex in their footbeds as they have since the very beginning. It’s good to see something like this that has been working so well for so long. The cork-latex mixture is a wonderful combination that adapts to the individual wearer, molding to the feet over a short period of time. The cork-latex footbed feels good much like that old pair of jeans feels good.

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Dave

Hammer Toes Ain’t Pretty

Hammer Toes Ain't Pretty

Summertime is coming and the last thing you want is to have bent up hammer toes sticking out of those cool new sandals from Happy Feet Plus. If you want your feet to look as great as those new sandals read on.

What if you have been wearing shoes that are too tight either in width or length? One outcome could be hammer toes. Sometimes hammer toes are an inherited (thanks mom and dad) or are the result of earlier trauma. But most often result from wearing ill-fitting shoes.

If you recognize early enough that you are developing hammer toes and you begin wearing properly fitting footwear (from Happy Feet Plus, of course) you can stop, or at least slow, the progression of the ailment. Early recognition and correction is important. If you continue to wear ill-fitting shoes not only will your feet turn ugly but you’ll most likely develop bunions, corns and calluses.

There is hope. Treatment begins when you decide to stop wearing those high heel pointy-toe shoes. Instead look for shoes that have a soft roomy toe box. Manufacturers such as Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Birki’s, Alpro, Footprints, Tatami, Papillio produce a wide selection of footwear that will help alleviate hammer toes. Footwear from these manufacturers typically have wide toe boxes and exceptional arch support.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Picks – Papillio Chateau Black Sandals

Chateau Black is one of Papillio’s new fun patterns for spring. Take this opportunity to get 25% off on three great sandal styles – the Florida, Sydney and Tabora – all in Chateau Black.

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3 Arches of the Foot

As promised here’s some info about the three arches of your foot.

Most of this information is taken from content that can be found at happyfeet.com/3-arches.aspx.

The bones provide the framework around which the ligaments, tendons and muscles form the supporting structure of the foot.

Medial Arch

The largest longitudinal arch is the Medial Arch. It is located on the inside of the foot and is typically described as “Flat”, “Normal” or “High” (see last week’s blog for more information).

Lateral Arch

The Lateral Arch is the smaller of the two longitudinal arches and is found on the outside part of the sole.

Metatarsal Arch

The Metatarsal Arch is the primary transverse arch. This arch created by the Metatarsals is not as obvious as the large Medial Arch, but without support it too can cause painful injuries such as Metatarsalgia.

Footwear with good arch support, especially in the Medial and Metatarsal Arches, can help people suffering from Plantar Fasciitis or Metatarsalgia.

Wearing supportive footwear can also help prevent foot ailments. Finn Comfort and Birkenstock footbeds provide excellent Medial, Lateral and Metatarsal Arch support.

Supportive footwear like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort also have desired features like a wide toebox and a broad, stable sole which can help people suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, Hammer Toes, or Bunions.

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Regards,

Dave

Jane’s Picks – Papillio Sydney Soft Footbed Birko-Flor Sandals

Another great Jane’s Picks selection this week at 25% off.

Who knows that Papillio is a Birkenstock brand? Sure is and we’ve got three great patterns on sale this week. These are from Papillio’s Spring/Summer offering. Hurry, once they’re gone they’re gone!

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Do You Know Your Arch Type?

What's Your Arch Type Do you know whether you have a high arch or flat feet?

Everyone knows that to get a proper fit you need footwear of the right length and width for your feet. That’s pretty much a “duh” statement. But did you know that it’s just as important to get footwear with the right arch support for your specific foot type? To get the proper support to align your body you need good arch support like you will find in footwear from Birkenstock, Birki’s, Alpro, Footprints, Tatami, Papillio, and Finn Comfort.

Here’s some guidance on determining your Arch Type.

The medial arch is the largest of the foot’s arches. It runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. This is the arch that is most commonly thought of when a discussion about foot arches comes up in conversation. (I know, it’s not your everyday table talk topic, but bear with me.)

There are three basic types of medial arches – Flat, Normal and High.

Three Arch Types

To identify your type of arch, perform the “wet test” as described below and compare your results with the images to the right.

Wet Test Procedure

  1. While seated remove shoes and socks and place construction paper or paper bag on the floor.
  2. Place either foot in water.
  3. While still seated, place your damp foot on the paper; exert pressure to simulate standing.
  4. Do not stand or walk while your feet are wet.
  5. Remove your foot from the paper and dry completely.
  6. Repeat the process with your other foot.
  7. Compare the image(s) on the paper to the ones on this page to determine your arch type.

Now that you know your arch type how do you use that information to buy the right shoe, sandal or clog? Talk with your footwear professionals, such as your local Happy Feet Plus store or with our online footwear professionals via live chat at www.happyfeet.com or by calling 1-800-336-6657. Describe your arch type and any other foot issues and our footwear professionals can help identify brands and styles most appropriate for your needs.

Next time I’ll talk a bit more about the three arches of the foot. Stay tuned.

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Regards,

Dave

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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Regards,
Dave

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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Regards,
Dave