Birkenstock FAQs


One of the most popular brands of sandals there is, Birkenstocks are well known for their comfortable properties and general versatility. 

Today we’ll be answering some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Birkenstocks.

How should Birkenstocks fit?

Birkenstocks for women and Birkenstocks for men both come in either regular fit or narrow fit. Narrow fit is for those with more small and slender feet, while a regular fit is designed for those with average to more robust feet. Making sure you choose the right fit is important in ensuring you get the most out of your Birkenstocks, as it means your feet will be kept in the proper position.

When wearing your Birkenstock sandals, there should be a few millimetres of space at either end of your foot, and your feet should fit comfortably within the shaped footbed without coming over the edges. 

The straps should hug your feet but not be too tight or leave any pressure marks. You should have comfortable freedom of movement when your straps are fastened and there should be no friction between your feet and the edges of the footbed.

Can Birkenstocks get wet and are Birkenstocks waterproof?

While it isn’t advised to wear your Birkenstocks in the rain or other moist conditions as they aren’t waterproof, Birkenstocks can get wet on occasion as long as it isn’t for a prolonged period. 

If they get wet, simply leave them to dry out in a shaded place away from any direct heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and sunlight, as this can cause the soles to shrink and the cork to crack.

Are Birkenstocks good for your feet?

Yes, Birkenstocks are designed to be good for your feet.

Birkenstocks feature orthopedically correct support to help evenly distribute weight for the entire foot. The footbed features proper arch support, a deep heel cup and adequate room in the toe area to help do so, and results in improved posture, balance and comfort while walking.

The Birkenstock cork footbed is shaped to create a healthy walking pad for your feet, reacting to natural body warmth to mould to the characteristics of your foot over time. Many people find that the longer you wear them, the comfier they get. They’re shaped to the contours of a healthy foot, offering support and stability while wearing them.

Are Birkenstocks good for Plantar Fascilitis and do Birkenstocks have arch support?

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia - the tissue that extends along the length of your foot. This can happen through a variety of factors including flat feet and wearing shoes without any arch or arch support. 

This is where Birkenstocks help symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. Birkenstocks provide arch support and heel support, working as a good first step towards recovery.

You should always ask your healthcare professional for help with finding you the best solution for Plantar Fasciitis.

Can Birkenstocks be re-soled?

Birkenstocks can be re-soled with real Birkenstock soles, but should always be done by a professional in case of damage. 

However, this isn’t always a necessary procedure that needs to be carried out. Birkenstocks are hard-wearing and long-lasting if looked after properly, and as long as they are kept clean, dry and out of intense heat, the soles will last without needing to be replaced.

Do Birkenstocks have a warranty?

Unfortunately, Birkenstocks don’t have a warranty, but you can return your Birkenstocks within 14 days of purchase. Please look at our returns policy for more info.


Check out the range of Birkenstocks available at Hurleys today, and discover men’s Birkenstocks sandals and Birkenstock womens sandals in a wide variety of different styles.