If you haven’t gotten on the Birkenstock train, do it now!! I got my first pair from the brand in 5th grade and remember wearing them all the time. I got a second pair in college. And then my third round (of at least two pairs) started about two years ago. And now I’m practically living in them. Their sandals come in so many styles and colors, but I think these are the best Birkenstocks for summer.
Supportive Summer Shoes
The reason Birkenstock sandals are so supportive is their footbed. It has multiple layers in there and starts out with a fairly carved out foot shape. Unlike most shoes, and especially sandals, these are flat or mostly flat to begin with. The shoes come with all this shape, but it allows for your foot to mold them to exactly the right shape.
If you struggle with high arches like I do, these will be some of the more supportive summer shoes you will ever own. Even if you don’t have a high arch, these are still great.
How to Wear Birkenstocks
I will say that some Birkenstocks are better than others if you have any sort of foot problems. And there’s also the best way to wear Birkenstocks for the same reason.
The best Birkenstocks have straps that go over your arch. I bought this Madrid style and wore them nonstop in Birkenstock and jeans outfits. They only have a strap across the front of your foot and I quickly realized that the “flip-flop” style was too harsh on my foot if I wanted to do any walking – which I did. I’ve since moved to the Mayari style and it is perfect!
So the other thing about the best Birkenstocks being the most supportive summer shoes you’ll ever own is that you need to make the straps tight enough. Chances are you’ll have to change this at least once. Set up them up so the straps are snug but not tight when you first get them. After a few weeks or so, depending on how much you wear them, you’ll likely need to tighten one or more straps.
Keeping the straps tight allows your foot and the supportive footbed to stay together. This completely removes that “flip flop” situation so your whole foot is working with each step, not just part of it!