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So it's been sometime since I've updated here. I'm still diligently wearing the Birkenstocks! It's been great weather for it too. On May 5 I (finally) had my second son - Thomas. We're all doing well and getting adjusted to life with 'Two Under Two'. Here are a few photos from the past few weeks. Next week I'll go over some general maintenance and what products are best for keeping up your (and my) beloved sandals.
A Little Debris
WEEK 2 of Break In
This week was all about park trips and relaxing. I'm at full term right now in my pregnancy and we're still waiting for this little guy to make an appearance - Now a day late. So I tried to entertain my toddler as best I could with park trips, and to his dismay, shopping trips to stock up for the baby's arrival.
Right now the sandals are perfectly broken in. I was able to walk a few blocks, do an entire days of shopping, and chase a toddler at the park without even thinking about what I had on. I'm looking forward to getting around a little better once we get this baby out and really putting these sandals to the test. There will be many tests!
Day 8 - A Little Debris
While at the park I was reminded of one of the minor annoyances we hear of and experience while wearing a Birkenstock sandal in an environment that has a lot of debris. Since the footbed as raised edges, it tends to capture debris and not release it unless you kick it out. I was kicking out wood chips for an hour while chasing my son around the park... All you need to do is shake it out and you'll be on your way. It's sort of a funny characteristic of the shoe that all Birkenstock fans are silently aware of. You deal with it.
Day 8 - A Little Debris
Day 9 - Running Around
Day 11 - Stalks & Socks
Day 12 - Toddler Toes
Moving Right Along
Week 1 of Break In
During the first week of wearing a pair of Birkenstock sandals - you're still breaking them in and getting your feet accustomed to the rigid sole. The sole is now softening up and taking that unique impression of your foot. You might feel like you could go for a jog in them - but wait to do that 5k. Right now your still in the sweet spot of the break in period and your feet could still get a bit worn out. We recommend at least 2 weeks of only a few hours of wear. Then you can feel comfortable on that trip to Disneyland - or hours of pushing a shopping cart around trying to get everything you need before you have another baby with a demanding toddler as your co-pilot...
DAY 2 - Toddler Problems
Day 4 - Making An Impression
DAY 3 - Work + Coffee
Day 5 - Moving Right Along
DAY 6 - For a Rainy Day
One of the most popular questions we get in the shop is, "Can I get these wet?". I think each of us have our own candid answer, and the answer is generally no. However, if you get caught in the rain, it's not the end of the world. If you take them to the beach and a wave catches you off guard - there is a way to remedy your sopping investment.
Here are some tips for a soaking pair of Birkenstock Sandals
1. Never Let Them Dry In The Sun: When we say never - we mean NEVER. This will make them super dry, brittle, and in extreme cases - the soles can shrink. You want to let them dry somewhere in the house that is warm - but not in direct sunlight. Don't use a hairdryer and DON'T stick them in your oven. We've seen it all.
2. Use A Towel: If they are really soaked, you can use a towel or something to soak up the water. This will help speed up the process. Sponges can work well too.
3. Brush Them Out: Once they're dry, there might be some sandy or salty residue (depending on the situation). Using a coarse brush, you can brush out the sole and get rid of the debris.
If the situation is as simple as a few drops of rain or a splash from washing dishes - don't freak out - they're fine. I've dropped numerous liquids in my sandals and saved them by dabbing out the liquid or just leaving it be.
We're always hesitant when someone asks us the water question. We know in the back of our heads that they will probably be fine. We will try to determine what you mean by 'getting them wet' and usually it's because you're taking them to the beach or watering the garden in them. If you take just a few precautions like you would any shoe - they'll be just fine.
Day 1 - A Walk In The Park
Today begins the first day of testing out the iconic Birkenstock. Officially, the style I'm wearing is the Arizona in iron oiled leather, size 36. Now, this isn't to say I've never worn them before. I've been wearing and selling them for over 12 years - so I'm a bit biased - however, I'm hoping this might help us drive home how much we believe in the brand and the over 200 years of craftsmanship.
The Break In Period: Birkenstock footbeds start off hard and rigid, so it's wise to head the 'Break In Period' that is suggested. You want to wear the sandals for only about two hours a day for the next two weeks. The footbeds are made of a cork and latex combo that is designed to mold to your feet. To do this however - it takes time. Many of our customers are a little hesitant when they hear this. This isn't the 'out of the box comfort' we're used to. However, this break in period is key to getting a personalized fit. Once they are broken in - you will know it. One day you'll slip them on and forget you're even wearing them!
A Walk In the Park: Usually I recommend to my customers to start wearing their new sandals around the house. Since I'm a little more used to them, I took them outside for their first go around. I'll admit, it probably wasn't the wisest choice. I was having to run after toddler who knows no boundaries at a park with not too many boundaries. Have I mentioned that I'm also 38.5 weeks pregnant? It was a fun time. My feet didn't receive any wear and tear, just some minor fatigue once we finally made it back home (like a block away... remember I'm pregnant).
Today I would say was a successful first day of break in. The shoes held up as they should and I'm already making that first imprint. Looking forward to wearing these for the next 99 days!
Here is a gallery of images of the pair I'm wearing right out of the box: Birkenstock, Arizona in Iron Oiled Leather, Size 36