Athleisure Wear

The Birkenstock EVA Is the Most Versatile Sandal You’ll Ever Own

Francesca Krempa

Photo: Birkenstock
The Birkenstock EVA is quite possibly the lightest and most supportive sandal ever.

Unlike the brand's original style, which features that firm cork-based insole and stiff outsole for all-day support, the Arizona EVA (and other styles) is made from a synthetic known as "ethylene vinyl acetate," or EVA. This rubbery blend is waterproof, making it easy to clean when you get a case of swamp toes, but is famously lightweight, making it feel like there's next to nothing on your feet.

While other sandals don't play well with certain environments, these slides can handle just about anything thanks to their material makeup. Heading to the beach? Sand and heat won't pose an issue. Laying by the pool? Don't worry about discoloration from chlorine. Trekking through the woods? Mud and dirt are no match for these versatile, long-lasting slides. Just need something to wear around the house or while running errands? Birkenstock EVA.

"I’m six years into my love affair with the white Birkenstock Arizona EVA and I can honestly say it’s my healthiest relationship," says Well+Good director of creative development Ella Dove. "The lightweight slides offer the right amount of support and they're easy to clean when they get a little messy. The perfect shoe."

Some sport sandals and featherlight sneakers get swoons, too, but not like this. Seriously, they're just that good.

Similarly, deputy editor of brand initiatives Ali Finney recently fell in love with the stylish slides after seeing her friend rock them on a recent vacation. "After the trip, I came home and immediately bought some EVAs, which have turned out to be impossibly comfy and also really cute," she says. "I wear them with dresses, shorts, and honestly, haven’t found something they don’t work with—though to be fair, I’ve been pretty casual these days."

The Arizona—which is Birkenstock's original double-strap style—seems to be the most popular. However, the brand uses its unique material to create several other designs. If your dollar-store flip-flops need a break, consider the Honolulu EVA ($40) for a sporty, durable upgrade. For younger fans of Birks, the Rio Kids EVA ($30) is easy to wear for almost every activity. Whichever style you choose, you won't regret your purchase of Birkenstock EVA.

6 other Birkenstock EVA styles made for just about anything

Gizeh Essentials EVA — $45.00

These unisex flip flops are modeled off the cork thong style Birkenstock originally launched back with its original Arizona. Made from flexible, waterproof EVA, they’re perfect for wearing to the pool, the beach, the spa—you name it. Definitely a step-up from your old, worn-out flip-flops.

Birkenstock Barbados EVA — $40.00

For a classic slide, slip into this ultra-comfy sandal all-summer long. It’s embossed with a subtle honeycomb design and the Birkenstock logo for a sporty look. Available in neutrals, like black, white, and navy, or vibrant hues, like cherry red, yellow, and royal blue.

Madrid Essentials — $30.00

If you want a lighter slide, check out the Madrid. Dubbed a “gymnastics sandal” by Birkenstock, they’re effortless to slip on and off or adjust as needed. Enjoy the contoured footbed that gently cushions the curves of your feet while giving you all-day support without feeling weighed down.

Rio Essentials EVA Kids — $30.00

A toddler-proof shoe your kids will love? Check out the Rio Kids EVA, which have all the same features of the adult styles, just in smaller sizes. They’re easy to wear and comfortable, keeping feet happy all day long. Available in black, metallic silver, and hot pink, AKA, “beetroot purple.”

Birkenstock Honolulu EVA — $40.00

Dump the dollar store flip-flops and invest in the Honolulu EVAs, guaranteed to last season after season. While they look clunky, they’re not—the EVA is cloud-like, supporting arches and ankles with every step. Available in three playful colors: lilac, watermelon pink, and mint green.

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