I like these sandals.
Today, I visited the Everlane showroom in NYC for the first time, specifically to try on the new birk-like form sandals and the day flats that I’d been stalking for a while (I ended up buying both!). The store itself is beautiful, spacious, quiet, and minimal, nestled up on the 5th floor of a building tucked behind the hustling streets of SoHo. The staff were all adorable and friendly and very responsive without being intrusive.
My Birks died a couple months ago and I tried to replace them recently with arizona-like Betulas secondhand, but was sent the wrong pair and had to deal with a transactional nightmare with Poshmark. Then came the announcement of Everlane’s new form sandals. I wanted to hate these sandals. I really did. The way it was marketed was annoying– “comfort without the granola”. Clearly they are marketing to people who already wear Birks, so it didn’t make any sense to trash talk. To me, these shoes serve a similar but different purpose. I wouldn’t trudge around in dirt paths at the park with these for example.
Although the word “form” is in the title, it doesn’t form to your foot like memory foam would. The foot bed is actually hard, just as hard as the cork footbeds on birks but there’s a layer of soft leather that coats it. There’s a bit of arch support, but nothing like the standing on a baseball feeling you get with brand new Birks. I have narrow long feet and felt that these shoes held my foot in place well and were wide enough to promote natural toe splay. If your feet are even a little wide, these shoes will feel too tight. The soles are rubber and smooth and only about 2mm thick. I plan on protecting them with a layer of grippy vibram to make them last longer. My favorite color was actually the deep wine but those were sold out. Sad.
Best part, they are flattering size-wise. They shorten the length of your foot and slim down the sides too. The slides versions kind of bulged out and made the foot appear bigger. In short, I’d recommend these but not if you are expecting them to completely replace your birks. These might be a good choice if your Birks look beat up and you need an auxiliary sandal for slightly more formal occasions.