I'm a big fan of my Birkenstock sandals and clogs — I’ve had the classic Arizona sandals and now-viral Boston Clogs for years. But, since they are constructed from suede, they’re not ideal for summer, so I switch to the Arizona Essentials EVA slides as soon as the weather reaches scorching temps. I didn't think I had room in my heart (or closet) to fall in love with another summer sandal, but most recently I was proven wrong. There's another Birkenstock dupe on the market, and she offers a lot of comfort and arch support
Meet FitFlop iQushion Two Bar Buckle Slides—a near replica of the Birkenstock Arizona EVA slides. They have that same cushioned EVA material and a similar buckle strap style. But, after testing them out IRL, I think I actually love them more than my Birks—and podiatrists say that might be because of the brand’s discreet orthopedic features.
FitFlop iQushion Two Bar Buckle Slides Review
The FitFlop iQushion Two Bar Buckle Slides cost the same as the Arizona EVA slides, but offer more in the support and comfort department, making them my go-to summer sandal. These slide sandals are constructed from a lightweight EVA material that is waterproof and quick-drying, so you can wear them from brunch to the pool or while on a beach vacation. And, as I mentioned before, they have two adjustable foot straps that allow you to customize the fit so you don’t have to worry about them sliding off and, as a result, grip your feet in a way that causes foot pain over time.
With the brand’s built-in iQushion technology, the sandals also have plenty of support, thanks to an ergonomically designed footbed with high rebound, air foam cushioning, and pressure-diffusing technology. I love them for their looks, too. The slides come in a variety of fun colors, including classic neutrals and neons (I have the pop pink!), and have a textured finish on the upper straps which add a nice, stylish touch.
Available sizes: Women’s 5-11
Colors: Dusky red, Tahiti blue, pop pink, Miami violet, electric yellow, neon orange, midnight navy, all black.
FitFlop is known for its collection of supportive shoes and sandals, which feature specific design details meant to elevate comfort and promote foot health. As far as the Buckle Slides are concerned, Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, DPM, says they’re definitely a good option for those looking to rock a more supportive sandal this summer. “These slides offer more support and comfort for feet than the average slide style sandals as the two bar buckles are adjustable and the footbed appears to have impressive arch support for a slide,” she explains. Additionally, Dr. Daughtry notes that the brand’s iQushionTM midsole technology— which is super lightweight and provides discreet ergonomic shaping—is a “great combination of support and cushion.”
In addition to the footbed support, the adjustability of the straps makes a major difference. One of the biggest downsides of sandals is that many styles don’t offer an ankle strap, which can help keep the shoe secure on the soles and prevent any unnecessary gripping of the foot to keep them in place. While these slides don’t have an ankle strap, the adjustable buckle straps actually allow you to customize the fit, so that you don’t end up compensating for that lack of security. On top of that, the EVA material is lightweight, comfortable, and cushioned. Plus, it’s waterproof and quick-drying to keep bacteria at bay and further support healthy feet.
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