Comfy once you get it right

Reviewed by Woody from Alpharetta GA on Saturday, January 7, 2017
Came across OTZ when looking for a Birkenstock equivalent in shoe form and was amazed at the price offered for these on STP. I bought two pairs - one in Goat Suede (orange) and one in red leather both in size 37. I'm a 36 B(regular width) in Birkenstocks and probably US size 6.5 - 7 in other ballet and slip-on shoes but with the reviews I went up a size. And I'm so soo glad I did! The 37 length fit perfect and probably could have been more perfect if it was another half a size larger to make room for socks if so inclined - I didn't try the 38's. The cork footbed is slightly narrower than a Birki regular width. Because of the soft leather/suede, you can see the slight outline of my toes at the end of the shoe.
I like the removable cork footbed and imagine they will get even more comfortable with wear. I can feel the arch support but it's not as pronounced as and an orthopedic insole or the Vionics or Chacos.
Here's where my word of caution comes in - while they are comfortable once I get my foot in - they are not that easy to slip on! If you have high instep - these would be impossible to put on. I have skinny feet and still had trouble and I can feel the leather edge pressing onto the top of my foot. Also there is a design difference between the two pairs - the leather pair had elastic sides that stretches - so helpful and is immediately comfortable to wear, but the suede pair doesn't and so I'm going to assume that the suede will stretch out over time.
I've read that you can make it into a slip-on by folding down the heel piece so I placed the footbed above the fold and they work fine but you would still need to use your hands to get the shoes on which completely defeats the purpose!
Long story short, these may not suit everyone even if you get the sizing right. The leather pair with the elastic is better designed than the suede. I'm keeping both, one to wear as slippers in hopes that the top suede will stretch, and only because of the great STP prices. I could even reuse the removable footbed as an insole for another shoe (haven't tried that yet). No way would I have paid full price for these as I have with Birkenstocks.
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