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Care tips


FIT

Unbuckle all the straps and place your feet in the sandals. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arches. Make sure that your heels are in the heelcups and the toe bar should fit comfortably below your toes.

LENGTH & WIDTH

 Most BIRKENSTOCK footwear is available in two widths; REGULAR and NARROW. Your feet should rest comfortably within the protective rims of the footbed when you stand. There should be about 1/2 an inch of extra space for your toes and for your heels, and 1/8 of an inch on each side of your feet. Your feet will need extra room when you walk. Proper length and width are crucial to your comfort. A correct fit will also help increase durability.

BUCKLE LOOSELY

Beginning with the straps closest to your toes, buckle the straps loosely to allow your feet freedom of movement when you are walking. BIRKENSTOCK footwear is designed to be worn loosely. The support comes from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. Keeping the straps loose will allow your feet to lift slightly off the footbed, which permits the air ciculation necessary for healthy feet.

COMFORT TIPS

Adjust to your new sandals gradually as they may introduce new movements to the muscles in your feet and legs. Although your sandals may feel rigid at first, their flexibility will increase with wear. Leather straps will also become more supple and the footbeds will adjust slightly to the form of your own feet.

APPLY CORK SEALANT

Apply water and stain protector to leather, Suede and Nubuck uppers before wearing and after each cleaning. Keep Suede uppers fresh looking with a Suede brush. When soiled use mild soap suds or clean with a commercial suede cleaner. For Nubuck use a Nubuck block. Clean and condition leathers with a high quality neutral leather cream. Use matching leather polish to cover scuff marks. Wipe Birko-Flor uppers with a damp cloth. The inside of the footbed may also be washed with mild soap suds and a soft brush. Dry slowly, away from heat to avoid cracking!

CLEAN AND PROTECT UPPERS

 Apply water and stain protector to leather, Suede and Nubuck uppers before wearing and after each cleaning. Keep Suede uppers fresh looking with a Suede brush. When soiled use mild soap suds or clean with a commercial suede cleaner. For Nubuck use a Nubuck block. Clean and condition leathers with a high quality neutral leather cream. Use matching leather polish to cover scuff marks. Wipe Birko-Flor uppers with a damp cloth. The inside of the footbed may also be washed with mild soap suds and a soft brush. Dry slowly, away from heat to avoid cracking!

AVOID EXTREME HEAT!

 The BIRKENSTOCK sole has been carefully selected for its superior qualities. It is lightweight, flexible, durable and shock absorbent. Both the cork and the sole can be damaged by exposure to excessive heat. Keep your sandals away from radiators and fireplaces. Never leave them in a closed car on a hot day or on the beach exposed to direct sun. If your sandals become wet, let them dry slowly, away from direct heat. If the soles should become damaged or worn, they can be replaced. Ask your BIRKENSTOCK retailer for assistance or visit an authorized BIRKENSTOCK repair shop.

COLOURFASTNESS

 Although we only use the highest quality leathers and test it for colourfastness, any dyed leather will shed some colour. Please be careful with delicate or light coloured socks, especially when your footwear is new.

REPAIR

 BIRKENSTOCK footwear has been constructed using only the highest quality materials and is designed to allow efficient repair. Protect your investment and prolong the life of your sandals by applying a thin layer of cork sealant when the cork begins to lose its shine. Cracked cork is easily repairable as well. Repair your sandals with original BIRKENSTOCK soles before they have worn through to the cork footbeds. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine. Contact your nearest BIRKENSTOCK retailer or see your local repair shop.