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Has anyone tried BOTH Danskos and Birkenstocks?

Specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC.

I know, another shoe thread. I love my danskos, with that kind of love you reserve for things that always work and never let ya down. My coworker has some birkenstocks that I feel this compulsion to try just 'cause they look good. Yes, I know better than to spend $120 on shoes just for that reason. My DH is appalled that this even crosses my mind.

So, I looked up their site. Footbed has some similarities and one big difference: Danskos sit you up on the toe a bit, with a rocker bottom, and Birkenstocks seem to have a very flat bottom and a deep heel cup.

Has anyone tried both that can tell me how they compare on the feet, for 12 hour shifts?

-Indy

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

This isn't an easy question to answer, since everyone's feet are different.

The Danskos were better, since the Birkenstocks created blisters on my arches

Indy, LPN, LVN

Specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC.

I don't do well with change, so that's why I'm asking. Birkenstocks sound like they'd have been wonderful if they were the first things I bought, since I used to only wear flat shoes. I'm leery of going back to a flat style since having spent the last six months in danskos.

I know, another shoe thread. I love my danskos, with that kind of love you reserve for things that always work and never let ya down. My coworker has some birkenstocks that I feel this compulsion to try just 'cause they look good. Yes, I know better than to spend $120 on shoes just for that reason. My DH is appalled that this even crosses my mind.

So, I looked up their site. Footbed has some similarities and one big difference: Danskos sit you up on the toe a bit, with a rocker bottom, and Birkenstocks seem to have a very flat bottom and a deep heel cup.

Has anyone tried both that can tell me how they compare on the feet, for 12 hour shifts?

-Indy

Both me and the DW say that Birkenstocks are better. Actually, she tried on another pair of Danskos on the 26th, and said that they just can't compare to the Birkenstocks. I agree.

But to each their own.

It depends on what you feel comfortable with. I have used Super Birkies for years, and it is all that I use. You can purchase new innersoles for them, when the cork wears out. I love the different colors and probably have more than 15 pairs of them. Would not consider anything else. Started wearing them in the OR, and would never change.

But again, you need to see what will work for your foot.

I also suggest that you have at least two pairs of shoes to rotate between, it will help save the shoe, as well as your feet.

CardioTrans, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/CCU/MICU/SICU/CTICU.

I have both. I used to swear by Birkenstocks. I still only wear them when Im off. I wear Dansko at work all the time. The rocker bottom works well for me. Each person is different, just my experience. The Birkenstocks do not hold up well during 12 hr shifts in a busy ICU. My knees would swell. If Im not on my feet all day, then they are great.

I thought I wouldnt like the Dansko because of them being hard. Thought that I would pay for it with my knees, but my knees have never hurt or swelled when I wear them. Birkenstocks have to be broken in. If you do buy them, take you an extra pair of shoes to work with you to change. Because of the high arch in them, about 3 hrs into your shift your feet will hurt until they are broken in.

After wearing Birks and Dansko, I cant wear anything else now. I have retired my Nikes to the back of my closet.

Catedi

Specializes in Psychiatric.

Now here is a subject that I know well! I used to work at a store in the Hippy/Artists section of cleveland, that sold them. Dansko are a less expensive line of Birkenstocks. They have something like 7 or 8 product lines. Birki's, Birkenstock, Footprints, Alpro, Betula, etc... I have at least Ten pairs of Birkenstocks! Well worth every penny! Some of mine, with the orriginal style sole, are 20 years old! (the orriginal, flat style sole is replacable for about $10 a shoe) Swear to my higher power, the leather is nearly indestructable, and my 20 year old pairs look not a day over 6 months! No joke) Absolutly, hands down, the best! The footbed works as an orthotic. It will mold to your feet. They also make most of thier popular styles in and Orthopedic version, which has a softer footbed for those who don't want to break them in. For nurses, I recommend the Alpro line. Here are two websites for them. The first is an american site. They have a 90 day buyback, no questions asked, garrentee, for those who are shy about spending so much on a shoe, without knowing how it will feel. WWW.Footprints.com This other one is a German Site. I'm pretty sure it's Birkenstocks actual company site. Very reputable, and the best price you will find anywhere, with free world shipping too. Just set the country currancy to USA, and prices will come up in us dollars. Just a reminder. the sizes are Euro sizes. I am a 8 1/2, so my Euro is a 39, Except for their Footprints line, which runs small, so I'm a 40. Try them and you will never want anything else. I cant wait to start clinicals, just for an excuse to buy anouther pair! I have my eye on the Alpro C110. Too Cute! Enjoy! Hope that helps. One moe thing, I've had knee surgery on both knees, and one acl replacment, and I have no trouble with being on my feet all day. Use the 90 day buyback site to check them out, you wont be disapointed. WWW.gobuyeurope.com

I used to work in a shoe store that specialized in shoes for people with foot pain/problems.

According to the podiatrists we worked with, Dansko's are good for people with heel pain or plantar fasciitis. They are also good for preventing heel pain or discomfort.

Birkenstock are good for people with large arches; they have great arch support.

I personally favor Dansko when it comes to comfort (except the first week or so).

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

both me and the dw say that birkenstocks are better. actually, she tried on another pair of danskos on the 26th, and said that they just can't compare to the birkenstocks. i agree.

but to each their own.

and for me, the danskos are infinitely better. i think it depends a lot on your individual foot.

ruby

CyndieRN2007

Specializes in Occ health, Med/surg, ER.

I have bought some birkenstocks from Ebay for much less than 120 dollars, brand new. So, if you are thinking about the switch, I would go there.

I have Danskos. I really love them, but since they do not feet your feet snugly, (not supposed to) I can't run in and have to be careful on stairs. I was running down the hall one day and fell. The looseness and flexibility for movement are great, but you can fall with them.

Indy, LPN, LVN

Specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC.

Well I've never fallen when running in my danskos (thanks to telemetry monitors I do some running... ) but I can't step sideways in them predictably. Sometimes a sidestep will get me a turned ankle. That doesn't usually hurt but I'm 37 and thinking that if I do it enough it might hurt eventually. The other thing the danskos with the strap on the back do, is the strap catches the lip of the chairs at the nurse station and picks them up a little, sometimes the chairs turn over when I get up. I'm not buying those strappy things again.

I didn't have heel pain per se, just my whole feet hurt before getting danskos, up to about the third day in them. Now I'm a little sore after 12 hours but a shower, or a couple minutes rubbing them, and they are fine.

Maybe I'll get some just to have an alternate, I like the alpro mary jane style thing... it's way cute.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

There's no way i'd pay a hundred bucks for a pair of shoes that have to be broken in a few hours a day, for days, and using a second pair of shoes as a backup. That CANNOT be good for your feet.

I say, you can never have too many shoes; get both. Also, they will both last years.

Personally, I could not go to work not wearing my Danskos. I work in a 54 bed ER with an approx 300 patients per day working 12 hour shifts. My feet never hurt. The Dansko Sports have a softer sole and fit a bit more snug than the professionals.

It is all in personal preference. I also like the fact they make me a bit taller, being only 5"1.:p

I wore the Dansko professionals for about 3 years and I used to like them alot. Unfortunately, despite wearing different socks I kepr turning my ankles or landing on mu butt. I just can't afford to injure myself. I believe Dansko has changed something. They are just not the same as they were.

I had one pair of Birkenstocks which hurt my arches so bad I souldn't wear them. This was at least 15 years ago. I may have to try again, for I would love to go flat again.

BeenThereDoneThat74, MSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

i prefer the danskos. had the birki's for a while- they weren't bad. i am very particular about shoes (have flat, wide feet), so i guess they were more than allright. then i started a job where i spent so much time on my feet (12 hr days on a very large floor- big rooms that were far apart from each other), and that's when i made the switch to danskos. just bought a 2nd pair (black- and i also wear them outside of work, and to teach clinicals w/ casual clothes). i'm considering a pair of brown (for casual clothes) when i can gather up the $$.

i've never tripped in them, but i have had my ankle give out on me- guess i'm not the only one!!:chuckle

i don't wear birkinstocks because they need to be broken in. i just don't have the time or desire to go through that. i wear (heel enclosed) danskos outside of work because they are totally comfortable and look good. i wear z-coil at work (10 hour days) and i have never regretted wearing them. i've had the same pair for 18 months, and they feel great.

grinnurse, RN

Specializes in Med/Surge.

Well I've never fallen when running in my danskos (thanks to telemetry monitors I do some running... ) but I can't step sideways in them predictably. Sometimes a sidestep will get me a turned ankle. That doesn't usually hurt but I'm 37 and thinking that if I do it enough it might hurt eventually. The other thing the danskos with the strap on the back do, is the strap catches the lip of the chairs at the nurse station and picks them up a little, sometimes the chairs turn over when I get up. I'm not buying those strappy things again.

I didn't have heel pain per se, just my whole feet hurt before getting danskos, up to about the third day in them. Now I'm a little sore after 12 hours but a shower, or a couple minutes rubbing them, and they are fine.

Maybe I'll get some just to have an alternate, I like the alpro mary jane style thing... it's way cute.

I have also experienced that side stepping problem...........thought it was just me!! Can't say enough about the Danskos. Tried the Birkenstocks but had to return them.

gypsyatheart

Specializes in Case Mgmt; Mat/Child, Critical Care.

I prefer danskos, used to love Birks, but never wore them to work. Now if I don't wear my Danskos to work, my feet really hurt! Wearing Danskos does take a little getting used to, but once you're used to how they feel on your feet, it's all good!

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