Quote Originally Posted by vonfirmath View Post
If you like the Birkenstocks you have, why buy a new pair? My husband has worn the same pair since he was a teenager, just getting the straps and the footpad replaced as necessary. IT's one reason I recently got Birkenstocks of my own, because they support them so well.
I wear birks for style and comfort (all about that ugly shoe trend!!), so I get a couple of pairs every year, sometimes more. I don't really think of them quite as utilitarian as you do!