The ugliest, yet comfiest clog | A Birkenstock Boston review

I’m pretty sure that Gucci Princetown mules was the kindling to this.

… and Isabel Marant’s Mirvin shoes was the match that must have lit it up.

Birkenstock Boston review

All I know for sure is that a slew of designers (Marni, J.W. Anderson, and by the time this goes to publication, multiple others…) are putting out their interpretations of a classic clog:

The Birkenstock Boston

With a keen admiration for “ugly” footwear (see: Crocs, Uggs, or Tevas), I ordered two pairs — one in a “narrow” width and one in “regular.”

Here’s what they’re like…


Birkenstock Boston SIZING

For comparison, my other shoe sizes run:
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
Chanel Shoes, FR 39
Christian Louboutin, IT/EU 39.5
Golden Goose, IT/EU 39
Hermès, FR 39
Isabel Marant, FR 39-40
-Nikes, US 8.5
Repetto, FR 39.5-40

My Birkenstock Boston clogs in a narrow width (with a soft footbed) are a size 39.

Birkenstock Boston Clogs Narrow Fit

Considering that I’m usually a EU 39, I would say narrow Birkenstock Bostons are true to size.

If you’re like “but, Yuki, the narrow fit Birkenstock Bostons aren’t ugly enough, I wanna try the regular fit.

I got you, but I don’t think you necessarily need them…

Here’s how regular width Birkenstock Boston clogs (also soft footbed!) look in a size 39.

Birkenstock Boston Clogs Sizing

The regular version are a two pinches bigger than the narrow pair.

My toes swim in them.

… but, TBH, I still don’t think I would size down in them.


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Birkenstock Boston Narrow vs. Regular Width

The greatest difference is that regular width is a lot wider in the toe box.

The regular fit is ~4.75” from the widest point v.s. the narrow fit is ~4.25”.

See?

birkenstock boston narrow or regular fit

For what it’s worth, my feet measure roughly 4” wide from the largest points — so they’re not exactly wide, but I wouldn’t describe them as narrow.

I find that the regular pair fits just a pinch bigger than the narrow fit — which is ideal if your tootsies need some space on the sides.

If you have bunions, gout, or other toe/foot ailments, you might want to consider the regular fit clogs.

For the narrow pair, it’s totally comfortable to walk with 2 holes left on the adjustable buckle.

… but for the regular pair, I need them as tight as possible in order to comfortably walk around.

Note: If you order yours on Zappos, you can decide if you want regular or narrow.

birkenstock boston narrow vs. regular fit


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PROS & CONS

Pros
Birkenstock quality: Without a doubt, you know someone who has had their Birkenstocks that are older than you are.
Adjustable buckle: If you need more space to accommodate socks, you can loosen them up… but if you need them a lil’ tighter, you can also reel them in.
Comfortable: The Soft Footbed means that there’s “a latex-foam layer which reverts to its original form, it’s anatomically formed, flexible, supportive, and comfortably soft.”
Sustainable: You can learn more about that here, but basically, the cork, adhesives, and other textiles they use for the footbed are better for the environment.

Cons
None.


Isabel Marant & Gucci likely didn’t start this fire.

With Birkenstock’s deep rooted history in “ugly” footwear, maybe it was always burning.

Those other brands merely fanned the flames and ignited our deepest desire for easy & ugly footwear.

Birkenstock Boston shoes are available from Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, or Zappos starting at $145 USD.

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