All I Wanted Was A Birki

Bad to the phloem! Working outside in winter requires special footgear, usually large Wampa-like boots- and that requires some shopping around. But when your belly is growing by the minute, a little extra thought is needed…


My monstrous Sorel Snowlion boots are terrific- but a trial to get on and off, even without the bun in the oven. So now- I’m looking for a little more ease and and a little less squeeze.


I LOVVVVVVVED the Super Birki clogs I had a few years ago and I can say honestly that I’ve never worn a shoe out like I did those clogs…


Birkenstock Burial



I’d just buy another pair of those again in a heart beat but, I need something with a back to it- because OSHA says so.

Also- with the open back, a crapload of snow gets in- this much is true.

So I needed a shoe like the Super Birkis, but with a back….It was hard to find, but it exists! The Birki Profi!

So I find the 3 places on the web that have them in red and order up a pair- only to get an email 3 days later that it will be A WHOLE MONTH until they get them in stock. Which seemed okay for a day or 2, until pregnancy really started to take its toll and my dogs started to BARK!


So I emailed them and told them “thanks but no thanks” and I went on to order from the second most inexpensive place… In Germany.

I did mention that they are pricey, right? Between $90 and $120, depending….

Now- here is where the plot thickens. The first place will not correspond with me via email (which they were happy to do when they needed to let me know it’d be a month until I’d get them), or refund my money… but I still don’t have the shoes, either (and it’s been more than a month).  The second place, after weeks of  leaving me adrift of information, FINALLY confirmed that they are on their way … from Germany.

All I wanted was a Birki.

And now I have to call the first company and give them a pregnancy hormone show of rage and disappointment. Which I think they’ve earned at this point.


P.s. If you’re wondering why I don’t just buy Crocs- I’m really looking for that awesome cork footbed that’s filled with German stability and support. Plus, I’ve fooled myself into thinking they are a little less ugly than Crocs.

P.p.s. If you’re wondering how these clogs-with-backs are going to do boot-duty this winter I have 3 words for you… extensive legwarmer collection.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

4 thoughts on “All I Wanted Was A Birki

  1. HAHAHAHA!!! You must be thinking those puppies will actually fit onto your feet after awhile!! No. They won’t. Your feet will swell to the size of casabas and your big brother’s juarache sandals from the early 90s are the only thing you’ll be able to wedge them into. Just sayin’.

  2. You definetely need good shoes when gardening, especially while preggers!! I agree that crocs don’t cut it. Birks are the best, I have an excellent pair, but they are leather and can’t wear them in the snow/rain. I might have to put the Profi on my xmas wish list!

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