Top positive review
Practical for gardening and comfortable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 August 2017
Have been wearing Birkenstocks for a few years now and this is the 2nd pair of EVA ones I've bought. The sizing is the same as for the standard ones. I am a size 5 in most shoes but take a 37 in Birkenstock, which is sometimes advertised as 4 or as 4.5. UK size 5 will be a size 38, which is my usual continental size, so think Birkenstocks just come up a bit larger than most brands. The first pair I bought in a shop where I could try them on, so knew I was 37 in these. I think Birkenstock's website has a sizing guide, if you're unsure about your size in these or any other Birkenstocks (I find the different ones I've tried to be consistent size-wise, so am a 37 in all styles). I find all Birkenstocks I've tried so far very comfortable, although I prefer the styles like these with more than one strap, as they don't "flop" so much when walking. I like the EVA ones because waterproof for gardening etc. I've been wearing the last pair I bought more or less every day around the house and garden, and have washed them quite a lot under hot water, sometimes using soap or detergent, and they lasted 10 months. Now, the front straps are breaking away from the shoe bed, and the shoe bed is starting to crack there, too, where you bend them to walk, so bought a new pair. The only thing I find with the EVA ones is that they come off a bit more easily, so I have to tighten the straps more than you're supposed to. I prefer mine a bit tighter anyway - according to Birkenstock, the straps should be loose enough to let most of your sole rise from the shoe bed when walking. You're supposed to grip the shoe bed with your toes. but that doesn't seem to work too well for me - they say you're supposed to get used to it, but even after weeks, I still found myself suddenly loosing a shoe even with the normal cork sole ones, and this is a bit more so with these, probably because they're a bit less flexible than the cork soles. But this is a minor issue and they're still very comfortable. For the price, I find these last well (you can't expect EVA shoes to last forever), and are practical for when you want waterproof shoes/sandals. I will definitely buy another pair when these wear out, and would recommend.