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Published on June 11th, 2012 | by Kirsten Borrink


Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed: Unsurpassed Comfort

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Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed in black oiled leather courtesy of Birkenstock USA Birkenstock granada 2

My feet crave Birkenstock comfort like my taste buds crave an Arkansas tomato in summer. As we visited friends in Little Rock this weekend, there was little question as to which shoe I’d wear to the river market. These Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed sandals kept me browsing in comfort from heirloom tomato stand to Native American flute booth to customized toe ring kiosk (no way, no how).

For the past three months, I’ve experienced increasing bunion-area and big-toe joint pain. My RA is on the move again, just in time for summer! Blasted auto-immune diseases. The Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed is edging out my Alegrias for top spot among my comfort sandals. The soft oiled leather straps across toe and instep allow me to customize the fit for each foot–one with a more pronounced bunion than the other. Birkenstock’s Soft Footbed footwear feels custom-made to my problem feet delivering much needed support and room for toes. Read more about the health benefits of Birkenstock footwear.

Five features of Birkenstock’s Soft Footbed:

  1. An extra layer of foam between suede liner and the cork and jute footbed. Provides an overall softer feel than the regular Birkenstock footbed.
  2. Raised toe bar encourages natural gripping motion of feet while exercising legs and improving circulation.
  3. Contoured cork footbed supports arch and adapts to feet, creating a custom fit.
  4. Deep heel cup for proper alignment.
  5. Shock-absorbing sole: Flexible, durable, lightweight, shock absorbent and replaceable.


A word on sizing: When ordering, keep in mind that a Birkenstock regular width fits a wide foot best and a Birkenstock narrow width fits a narrow to medium width foot best. For example, I wear a 40 narrow for my size 9.5-10 medium width foot. If you have a slightly wide foot with bunions, order the regular width.

The Granada Soft Footbed and other Birkenstock styles are available at:

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11 Responses to Birkenstock Granada Soft Footbed: Unsurpassed Comfort

  1. Gail says:

    I was just in Key West and have had the same pair of Grandas for around 20 years. I have them resoled when they wear down and last week when I took them in they asked if I wanted the memory foam – so I had them done with the soft footbed for $65. Great deal. They ship to you also.

  2. cedar says:

    A cute shoe that looks really good on you. I just want to say that you look lovely in that photo. Lovely.

  3. Kirsten@BarkingDogShoes says:

    Thank you, kind friend. I’ve lost some poundage and I think it’s starting to show 😉

  4. cedar says:

    Definitely shows. I noticed. You look beautiful; your skin glows and you look so youthful.
    Take care.

  5. April says:

    I love when you post outfit photos with comfy shoes! It inspires me! Love the Birkenstocks!

  6. cedar says:

    I received mine yesterday. I was hoping I wouldn’t love them because I have bought many sandals in the past month or so. (5 pair of Naots, one pair of Ecco’s, a pair of Keens and a pair of Teva’s…… these Reiker’s)But, alas, I love them. They are very very comfortable, and so cute. I guess I’ll add that I immediately ordered them in Smoke color, too. 🙂

  7. cedar says:

    I am so sorry, I posted this in the wrong place.

  8. Cathleen A McCarthy says:

    Hi Kirsten!
    Thanks for the great blog! I really enjoy reading your posts and get lots of great ideas for my patients.
    One of the cool things about Birkenstocks is when I have a patient who has a limb-length-discrepancy (one leg longer than the other) – the Birkenstocks are great to wear because I can refer him or her to a Cobbler/Shoe Repair to have the lift added to the bottom of the Birkenstock so it is low-profile and “fixes” the LLD for more comfort and less wear-and-tear to their joints.It’s a very comfortable shoe to wear and easy to add a heel lift to…
    Hope all is well,
    Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

  9. Olivia says:

    I love my granadas and birkenstocks in general. For over a year now they are pretty much all I wear. I think pregnancy made my feet spread and all my other shoes feel tight anymore.

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