My Fuzzy Birkenstocks Are the Shoes I Never Take Off

POPSUGAR Photography | India Yaffe
POPSUGAR Photography | India Yaffe
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In the last two and a half years, I've made a few investments when it comes to being comfortable at home. I went from leaving the house at seven in the morning and not returning until after dinner to working remotely, creating a home workout routine, and having people over more than I go out. One of my most favorite investments has been in a quality pair of cozy, at-home shoes, and nothing comes close to the Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Lined Slide Sandal ($160). It's the comfortable, casual, everyday shoe that I literally do not take off; I was halfway to the coffee shop this morning when I realized I hadn't even put on my sneakers as planned and was still in my Birkenstocks. I am also someone who is, admittedly, not a typical Birkenstocks person; this is my first pair, and while I didn't get the hype before, I can say now that this will be my go-to slipper forever.

What I Like About This Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Lined Slide Sandal

There is a lot to like about this sandal. I love that it molds to my feet and that I can just slip it on, which I do every single morning when I get out of bed. I love the way it looks; I have the mink suede color, and I think it's neutral and cool. It feels like a slipper but looks like a real shoe, and that's ideal in my book. As someone who always has cold feet, I like that this doesn't ever make me feel chilly, even though my toes and heels are exposed. I also love that there's real traction at the sole, which helps to provide an added grip support whether you're walking around outside or indoors. For me, this is a house shoe; I try not to wear outside shoes inside my home, and I needed something that I could feel good about wearing while I'm cozy inside. Although, as I previously mentioned, they're so comfortable that I sometimes forget I'm wearing them and did, in fact, make it halfway to the coffee shop this morning before realizing I still had these on. Hey, rules are made to be broken.


What's Worth Noting

I don't know if it's because I wear this shoe literally all the time, but the shearling does seem to get matted a bit more quickly than other shearling shoes I've worn in the past. I had my first pair for just under two years and have only recently gotten a new pair. I'd love for them to stay fluffier longer, but I wear them every single day, oftentimes without socks, so it comes with the territory. Also, as with other Birkenstocks, it takes a couple of days to mold to your feet and feels a bit awkward at first. Trust the process, though, and within days, it'll be the most comfortable shoe you own.

The sizing is also a bit tricky. The brand gives both EU and US sizing, but they don't correlate. For example, typically an EU 38 is a US 8, but for Birkenstocks, an EU 38 is a US 7. In this case, I would go by your typical EU sizing, or size down in your typical US sizing. I typically wear an EU size 40, and that's the size I took.


Who Is This Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Lined Slide Sandal Best For?

If you love a good slip-on sandal that you can wear in and out of the house, this Birkenstock sandal is the shoe you'll want to be in all the time. It is supremely comfortable, mold to your feet beautifully, and have traction. It's also a fantastic gift; my mom gifted me my first pair, and I have gifted a pair to my grandmother and countless friends. The quality is fantastic, and the shoe has proven to be a worthwhile investment — even with the style's slightly higher price point. I'd recommend it to just about anyone, and it even made it into our ultimate POPSUGAR holiday gift guide.

Where Is This Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Lined Slide Sandal Available?

You can shop this shoe at Nordstrom, the Birkenstock ($160) website, Revolve ($160), Saks ($160), DSW ($160), Bloomingdale's ($160), J.Crew ($160), and Madewell ($160).

Additional Details

  • The Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Lined Slide Sandal is only available in full sizes, in EU women's 36-41 and US women's 5-10.
  • It's available in a bunch of different colors, like black, mink, pink, gray, and navy, among others.
  • The material on this pair is suede leather, but you can also find this shoe in oiled leather.
  • The straps are adjustable, so this shoe can really form to your foot.