Welcome to Shoe School

Everything you need to know to find the perfect fit, material, and style
(plus care tips and more!)

Quick Cleaning & Care Tips 

Learn how to make your Birkenstocks last EVEN LONGER!

The Making of A Birkenstock 

Watch what goes into the cork footbed making process.

Place your foot on a ruler and measure from the heel to the tip of your longest toe. Birkenstock USA has a different size guide than ours. We've found this is a more accurate way to find the best fit.

Let's talk about size conversions.

We recognize that shopping for non-US sizes can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we do everything we can to empower you with the info you need to find your perfect fit! Here’s what you need to know. 


How to know if the shoe fits. 

Not all feet are created equal.  You and your buddy might both wear a nine, but the way that same size feels varies from person to person, brand to brand, and even by style!

It's all about the footbed.

 We’re often asked whether a classic or soft footbed is better. This seems to be a personal preference. The soft bed can help ease the adjustment time for a new pair of Birkenstock. Most people can enjoy either and your choice may be based on color or style preference.

Footbed Types

Footbed Terms

All the jargon on upper-materials and shoe construction you need to know.

We want you to be equipped and empowered with all the information you need to find your "Cinderella pair".  That's why we've provided information on all the vocab terms for upper-materials, construction and footbeds.