HOW TO MEASURE YOUR FOOT LENGTH
- Stand with the heel to a wall and put a measuring tape under your feet
- Read off the measured foot length in millimeters before your longest toe
- If you are between two sizes, choose the next higher, because feet are minimally greater under load
You can also use our template:
Download the foot measurement template
Narrow: Equivalent to a Women's A-B or a Men's B-C
Regular: Equivalent to a Women's C-D or a Men's D-2E
WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR FOOTWEAR
Unbuckle all the straps and place your feet in the shoes. Make sure your heels are all the way back in the heelcups. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arches and the toe grips should fit comfortably beneath your toes.
Before you stand up, look to see if there is about 1cm of extra space for your toes and your heels and about 5mm on each side of your feet. You'll need this extra room because your feet will expand when you stand and walk.
Buckle the straps. Support comes from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. A securely fastened toe strap should be enough to keep your foot firmly in the footbed. Other straps can be worn loosely.
Please be careful when buying your Birkenstocks that you get the correct length as well as width. You should have a few millimeters of space in the heel and toe areas. Your toes should not touch the cork wall at the front nor should your heel touch the back. This will improve the longevity of your Birkenstocks.
BREAKING IN YOUR BIRKENSTOCKS
Adjust to your new shoes gradually, as they may introduce new movements to the muscles in your feet and legs. Although your shoes may feel rather rigid at first, their flexibility will increase with wear. Leather straps will become more supple and the footbeds will adjust slightly to your feet.
Once your shoes have been "broken in", the footbeds will have a slight upward curve where your toes bend when you walk. You can get a head start by bending them at the toe with your hands. This will soften the footbed and make it easier to walk in your new shoes.