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Jane’s Picks – Alpro P250 Sandals

What looks like a Birkenstock Arizona, has a slip-resistant sole, the footbed of a Birki’s and is 25% off? If you guessed the ALPRO P250, you’re right! If you don’t recognize the ALPRO brand, click here to learn more. Want to know about the Birki’s/ALPRO footbed, click here. Want to buy one, click here.

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Stinky Footwear – There is a Fix

It may not be PC to talk about stinky shoes, but let’s face it – stinky shoes do happen.

Stinky Sandals Stink

Shoes stink because feet sweat. Well, not directly but that’s where it begins. Your feet sweat and make the insides of your shoes damp. Guess what likes damp dark places? Bacteria! And the bacteria likes to eat your dead cells and oils from your skin. Of course once the bacteria has feasted the next step is the creation of waste products. That’s what stinks.

If you are fortunate to wear footwear like Birkenstock which have removable footbeds you can kill the stink. First you need a large zipper-lock freezer bag (gallon size should do unless you have very large feet.) Remove the footbeds from your shoes or clogs and place them in the bag. If you have sandals, the entire sandal goes into the bag. Sprinkle in some baking soda and seal the bag tightly.

Place the tightly sealed bag in the freezer and wait 2-4 hours. During that time the cold temperatures will kill the bacteria and the baking soda will neutralize the bacterial waste products. While your footbeds are chilling out in the freezer, sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes or clogs. This will help remove odors from the inside of your shoes.

After the footwear is removed from the freezer use a shoe brush, or a brush with reasonably stiff bristles, and brush away the baking soda. Let the footwear, or footbeds, warm to room temperature. The odor should have been removed.

Now I’m not guaranteeing that your feet will smell sweet, but they should be way better. If you have other remedies, let me know so we can share.

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Birkenstock Footbeds are Cool – Keep Them That Way

Birkenstock Footbed Are Cool You know that summer is right around the corner and it will soon be time to wear your Birkenstock sandals all the time.
Summer care of your Birks begins with keeping them away from high heat situations. You don’t want to toss your Birks in the back seat of the car with the sun beating down. If it is 86 degrees outside and the sun is shining, the temperature inside the car can reach upwards of 150 degrees! Temperatures that high can cause serious damage to the Birkenstock sole.
You should also avoid leaving your Birks near campfires, fireplaces, and indoor radiators. If your footwear becomes wet, allow them to air dry slowly, away from direct heat.
The high heat from the car or other heat source will cause the EVA soles to shrink. Depending upon the amount of shrinkage and how the footwear was positioned they may warp into a funky shape. In extreme situations the sole and footbed will separate. Fortunately the heat does not affect the cork and latex footbed. Once the EVA sole is removed the footbed will pop back into its normal shape.
Should your Birkenstocks get exposed to high heat, we can help. Happy Feet Plus is a certified Birkenstock repair facility. We can replace just the EVA sole or do a complete refurbishment and replace both the EVA sole and the cork footbed. It costs just $35 to resole a pair of Birkenstocks and $65 to do a “refurb.”
Before sending your Birks to us for repair, please call us at 1-800-336-6657, extension 244 to talk with our repair shop. We’ll ensure that you get only the service necessary and provide you with a final cost, including shipping and tax, it applicable.
Next time I’ll talk a little about the care and cleaning of your footwear including how to kill the odor of “stinky shoes.”

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Footbed Differences

How many of y’all know that the Birkenstock family includes ALPRO, Birki’s, Footprints, Papillio and Tatami? How many of you know that there are differences in the footbeds?

Let’s start with the similarities. First and most important, all of the cork and latex footbeds are exceptionally good at providing support. (If you want to read why we think Support is an essential part of total foot health, click here.) In addition, any of the footwear with a cork and latex footbed use the same formulation. All, except for the Birki’s vegan styles, have a suede foot liner. (The Birki’s vegan styles have a microfiber foot liner.) Finally, Two widths, Narrow (U.S. regular width) and Regular (U.S. wide width) are available in most styles.

On to the differences. The Classic Birkenstock Footbed you know and love has very prominent lateral, metatarsal and especially medial arches. (If you want to read more about the three arches, click here.) The medial arch, in part, is so prominent because of the deep heel cup. The heel cup is deep to provide stability and control. Lastly, the footbed was designed with a unisex shape. When viewed from the bottom the Birkenstock footbed has straight sides. (The Birki’s, Papillio and ALPRO footbeds have more curviness to them. You’ll have to read on to get more information about those footbeds.) All Birkenstock sandals and clogs have a toe bar about half way between the metatarsal arch and the front of the footbed. The toe bar, like the heel cup, helps provide stability and control.
Birki’s, Papillio, and ALPRO footbeds also have exceptional lateral, metatarsal, and medial arch support. They are different from the Birkenstock Classic footbed in that the heel cup is not so deep and as a result the medial arch is less pronounced. The shallower heel cup makes you “sit on top” of the footbed a bit more than the Birkenstock. The Birki’s, Papillio, and ALPRO footbeds also have a toe bar for stability and control. When viewed from underneath, these footbeds have a distinct foot shape to them. The heel is narrower than the Classic Birkenstock and the toe box is wider. In between, the footbed curves in towards the medial arch area.

The footbeds used in the Tatami Oklahoma, Footprints Alton and Ashby clogs and Footprints Derby shoes are very similar to the Birkenstock Classic. They have the same lateral and metatarsal arch as Birkenstock Classic but with less pronounced medial arch. They use a less pronounced arch because the footwear is “enclosed.” They are either a shoe or clog that does not have spare head room. These footbeds also have a deep heel cup and toe bar for control & stability. All other Footprints shoes have the same features with the exception of the toe bar.

If you want to read more about getting the proper fit for your Birkenstocks, click here.

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