When I was 17, doctors discovered I have a hernia. By doing the right exercises it has gotten better over the years, but I still get a painful lower back when doing (or not doing) certain things. So wearing decent shoes is (always, but definitely in my case) essential when I go wandering. A little over a year ago, a friend recommended me to buy Birckenstocks. She was just back from a 3-week trip through China and said she’d worn her Birckenstocks every day without ever getting sore feet.
It took me almost a year, but in July 2012 I finally bought myself a pair of those sandals.
Boy oh boy, what a revelation! Such support! I was absolutely thrilled with them and wore them all the time at home. The big test for them, however, was going with me on my Los Angeles-Las Vegas trip.
The Birckenstocks go California!
Those of you who’ve read my LA-LV trip report know that I’ve covered quite a lot of LA County areas and that I walked the Strip up and down, going in and out of hotels. The Birckenstocks took me shopping, carried me around downtown LA and even went hiking with me at Runyon Canyon. I was so happy I brought them with me, especially since I first thought about leaving them at home because I thought they wouldn’t be fashionable enough for LA. (You see, I think a lot…)
– Note: I like to look good, but comfort always prevails. Definitely when I’m traveling! –
The only day I didn’t wear them to do a lot of miles, was on our first day in Las Vegas. Instead, I chose to wear really flat, really light shoes. It took me only about an hour to regret my decision. My feet were killing me, my knees started to hurt and I got this nagging nagging (no mistype, it was really nagging!) feeling in my lower back. The day afterwards it was back to the Birckenstocks and walking on clouds!
I’m well aware of the fact that you can’t wear sandals all the time nor everywhere. I wouldn’t wear them when it’s cold, when it rains, when I go hiking in rough terrain… But when it’s warm enough and your ‘area of exploration’ allows it, I think they’re just what you need to have happy feet.
Why Birckenstock sandals rock
Not convinced yet? Here’s some stuff on the Birckenstocks I find really important:
- no sweaty feet thanks to the cork sole
- great support
- available in different width sizes: for small, normal and broad feet
- adjustable buckle
- a wide range of models to choose from
- in an even wider range of colors
- made of decent materials
- doesn’t make you look ridiculous
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