PAPILLIO & BIRKIS - FIND THE PERFECT FIT
Papillio and Birkis are part of the Birkenstock family, who have been perfecting their contoured footbed for almost 250 years. So do them a solid and ensure you get the right size so they can work their magic. And while they run true to size, we recommend doing a quick measure before you buy. Nothing causes us more pain than seeing people cruising around in the in wrong size.
To get started:
Stand on a level floor with your heel up against the wall or straight edge.
Place a ruler or measuring tape on the floor under your foot or alongside it, with your heel at 0cm.
Measure the length of your foot from your heel to the end of your longest toe (yes, even if it's your second toe).
Measure both feet and go with the length of your longest foot if they are different. If you are in between sizes, we recommend going for the larger size.
Check out the size charts below to find your size in EU (all Birkenstock sizes are listed in EU).
Pappillios and Birkis don't discriminate - they love feet small and large, wide and narrow, and everything in between. Like Birkenstocks, the adjustable straps allow you to customise the fit with ease, and most styles are available in both Regular (R) and Narrow (N) fittings. However, they are a slightly wider than Birkenstocks, in that a Regular Papillio is wider than a Regular Birkenstock, and a Narrow Papillio is in between a Narrow and a Regular Birkenstock. If you already own a pair or are trying them on in store - check out the little foot emoji on the footbed of the shoe (between the arch and heel) or on the shoe box. If the foot is coloured in, it is a Narrow (N). If it is just an outline of a foot, it is a Regular (R).
WOMEN'S SIZE COMPARISONS
Papillio and Birkis offer a high level of support - in fact they go straight to the top of the class with a full 5 stars for Support on our 'Find the Perfect Fit' star chart. If you are new to Birkenstock brands, all this love may seem a little unfamiliar as your feet and legs are introduced to some new movements. Introduce your feet to them slowly over a few weeks - the flexibility of the cork footbed will increase with wear, and as your foot sinks into the cork, you will find that your shoes start to fit you like a glove!
TRYING ON YOUR NEW PAPPILIOS OR BIRKIS
Once you unbox your new Birks, double check that you got the right size by trying them out on a clean and dry surface.
Unbuckle all the straps and place your feet in the shoes, making sure your heels are sitting nicely in the heel cups. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arches and the toe grips should fit comfortably beneath your toes.
Before you stand up, make sure there is approximately 0.5 - 1cm around the front, back and each side of your feet. You will need this extra room for your feet to move naturally in the shoes as you walk.
Buckle the straps securely, but not too tight! The support will come from the footbed, so the straps do not need to be extremely tight. A securely fastened strap should be enough to keep your foot firmly in the footbed.
Make sure you have room to move - your toes and heel shouldn't be touching the edge of the shoe. A bit of room allows the footbed to move and support your feet properly, and will improve the durability of your shoes.
If you find you need a different size (and they are still brand spanking new), hit up our hassle free exchange process and we will swap them out for a new pair.