Birkenstock Arizona Review: a 12-month Experience

Birkenstock Arizona Review: a 12-month Experience 1

Birkenstock Arizona is one of the top sandals where once you get the perfect fit, it can quickly become your favorite sandal. This light shoe is most famous for its all-cork footbed, which is contoured and offers better balance and foot alignment from heel to toe.

This flagship sandal of Birkenstock features two top straps with buckle closures for an adjustable fit. OUTSIDE Magazine considers it as the most classic of all sandals. With its timeless looks and practical design, many sandals of today don’t move away from the base design of Birkenstock Arizona.

This sandal is available in an all-cork footbed and Birkenstock soft footbed where it features a foam layer inserted between the cork layer and suede liner for a softer feel. Birkenstock Arizona is also available in all-EVA material where Runner’s World gave it an award as the easiest to clean among sandals. The Birkenstock Arizona EVA is one of the best sandals for spring and summer.

About the Cork Material

Cork is one of the lightest solid materials because its plant cell volume is 50% air. Under normal compression, it can retain its original form back to a 100%. This material is highly frictional even when wet. So it is one of the preferred materials used for non-skid products. Not only that, cork is also an efficient non-conductor of heat, absorbs vibration and redirects impact, and is a tough material with high degree of stability. Put these features together in a midsole of a shoe and you’ll have amazing results.

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Key Features of Birkenstock Arizona

  • Weight: 7 oz
  • Two top straps with buckle closures for an adjustable fit
  • Raised toe bar which is designed to encourage the natural gripping motion of your fee
  • Suede lined, contoured Birkenstock Arizona footbed which will mold to the shape of your foot creating a custom footbed that supports and cradles you each and every step
  • Anatomically correct cork footbed, crafted from cork that is 100% renewable and sustainable, which encourages foot health
  • Dual layer Jute: top wicks away moisture while the bottom adds strength
  • Neutral heel profile and deep heel cup which keeps the natural padding of your foot where it belongs
  • Flexible EVA outsole which offers lightweight, shock absorbing support with lasting durability

Note: If you want to have a Birkenstock sandal, make sure the contours of the footbed correspond to your heel and arch. And the raised toe bar is well-placed under your toes for a natural gripping motion. Although if you have an excessively rigid flat feet, you might find the arch support too high. But there are Birkenstock sandals with moderate arch support.

A 12-month Experience with the Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

I spent many hours with the Arizona sandal on shopping malls, walking around town, walking along the beach, and using it as a post-workout sandal. After 12 months of using it, I’m ready to give a feedback on what to expect with Birkenstock Arizona.

Although this is not the lightest of all sandals, the Arizona is lightweight enough to deliver the comfort you need even during lengthy walks on the sand and pavement. And you can stand on it for a long time and won’t feel any foot pain. The contoured footbed works its magic by aligning your foot for a stable stance and stride.

The Arizona sandal keeps your foot cool even on a hot weather. And it looks to have the materials that can hold out against odor when your foot sweats after a lengthy use. The flexible EVA outsole is durable and can last longer even if you often use it on hard surfaces.

But after several months of using it, the two top straps with buckle closures began to stretch out and I had to readjust the fit. And the glue that sticks the outsole to the midsole started to lose its grip.

Who Should Wear Birkenstock Arizona?

Anyone who loves his feet should try this sandal. Birkenstock Arizona has anatomically correct cork footbed that can improve foot health. This sandal will align your foot at the right angle, then the cork footbed will do the rest of giving you cushion and comfort. If you can get the right size for your feet, this sandal will amaze you in many ways.

The Birkenstock Arizona works with the following foot conditions:

Most helpful testimonials:

I have troublesome feet with high arches, advanced arthritis, and a tendency to get plantar fasciitis. These shoes have made it possible for me to take walks again…

I have very high arches and wear orthotics and I have had double bunion surgery. They are so comfortable. They are the only summer type of shoe that works for me.

These were recommended by my foot Doctor when I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, I wear them around the house…

I have a heel spur and these are fantastic feeling. I wish I could afford a whole closet full of Birks.

Who Should Not Buy Birkenstock Arizona?

76% of the people who wear this sandal felt that it is true to size. Birkenstock doesn’t offer a half size so you have to order the next larger size if your original size doesn’t fit well. In our experience, the Arizona sandal will only feel comfortable if the footbed is well-place under your heel, arch, and toes. If your foot doesn’t correspond to the contours of the cork footbed, you will not enjoy walking on it.

The Birkenstock Arizona doesn’t like getting wet. So if your outdoor action always makes your feet wet, choose the Birkenstock Arizona Essentials instead because it has a waterproof EVA material and is much easier to clean.

Final Thoughts on Birkenstock Arizona Review

The Birkenstock Arizona sandal is a must-have if you love a contoured footbed and a classic look. Once you get the perfect fit, you can never go wrong with this sandal. The Arizona can deliver better balance and foot alignment from heel to toe even for those with problem feet. It is lightweight, durable, and lasts longer than a normal sandal.

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