Birkenstocks are getting a lot of press these days. Check out the latest article published on Today.com. I think it has some great info. - Amy
Birkenstocks are trending — but are they good for your feet?
A podiatrist weighs in. The classic shoes are loved by celebrities and TikTokers.
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY
Aug. 29, 2022, 10:19 AM PDT / Updated Aug. 31, 2022, 1:26 PM PDT
By Emma Stessman
From actresses to models, it seems like all our favorite celebrities own at least one pair of Birkenstocks. And the internet appears to be equally obsessed with the style. Videos featuring various versions of the shoes have racked up a collective 253.6 million views on TikTok (and those are just the ones that use the #Birkenstocks tag).
One pair, in particular, has caught social media's eye lately — the Birkenstock Boston clogs. In the last 30 days alone, searches for the style have spiked by 400 percent, according to Google Trends. And as with most fashion must-haves, you can likely thank TikTok for its popularity.
But with everyone rushing to grab the hot shoe of the season, we had to know: Are Birkenstocks actually a good choice? We consulted podiatrist Dr. Asim Sayed to get all of the details.
There’s a reason why you've heard so many people raving about how comfortable and supportive Birkenstocks are through the years. According to the brand, the original Birkenstock footbed is at the heart of all the models of the shoes. Made from a mix of cork and latex, it features a deep heel cup, arch support and a roomy toe box.
The deep heel cup in Birkenstocks gives you some stability and can also help control pronation (which contributes to flat feet), Sayed said; whereas the average sandal or flip-flop offers little to no support and have flat footbeds. Birkenstocks also have a raised toe bar, which he said "can put the toes in a more comfortable position, especially if you have something like hammer toes or a flat foot. And it really helps with slippage."
Birkenstock is known for its classic cork footbed, but as it turns out, it's more than just a marketing ploy. "The material that it's made out of, it's cork and latex," Sayed said. "So we use cork in custom orthotics all the time because it has great shock-absorbing abilities and it can reduce moisture."
According to the brand, the cork and latex footbed is sandwiched between layers of jute, which are said to stabilize the materials and increase durability.
Given all that, you might not be totally surprised to hear that Sayed said they can be beneficial for everyone (he added that he's been wearing Birkenstocks for years). "They're really good for if you have a flat foot or you have arch pain, because they have a supportive longitudinal arch. But I would recommend them to most people — unless you have some kind of severe ailment that obviously needs a more personalized approach."