Birkenstock Yao Review
Birkenstock is one of the oldest companies in the world. Seriously. Its origins can be traced all the way back to 1774 when Adam Birkenstock, registered the brand in the local church archives.
Years, later his great-great-grandson, Konrad Birkenstock made an improvement when he developed the first contoured insole, and in that very same 1896, he opened two stores in Frankfurt, Germany. Back in the ’60s, the Birkenstock shoes were first introduced to the American market, they quickly became a cultural phenomenon.
Along with the Cultural Revolution, they quickly became popular with the youth of the era, and therefore the symbols for the American liberalism. In other words, the rebellious Hippe teenagers of the ’60s and ’70s loved them because through wearing the Birkenstock shoes they showed off their rebellion. That popularity has only grown in the ’90s and the start of the New Millennium and they enjoy a cult-like status now.
So let’s look at some of the most popular models of the Birkenstock Company. The Birkenstock Yao model.
Flexible EVA outsole
Dual layer Jute
Neutral heel profile
Raised toe bar
Runs a size bigger
The soles serve a fashion purpose and a practical purpose. In some the Birkenstock Yao, here’s also an exciting contrast between the sole and the upper material by choosing different colors. This style is also known as color blocking, and you’ll love it in these sandals. It works so well. The outsoles are available in more than 30 different colors, in addition to classic white, brown and black, and you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of colors. Oh and they're also available in camouflage pattern if you’re into that particular style.
The midsole is anatomically crafted to ensure the maximum comfort to every inch of your foot. It gives you plenty of room to move your toes, and
to have the feeling of relaxation. That area also has a raised toe bar that encourages natural gripping motion of your toes, when you’re actually wearing the sandals.
Oh and the entire footbeed is contoured. Yes, the footbed is equipped with four separate arches that ensure equal weight distribution and thus proper posture of your entire body. The deep heel cup cradles the heel with the help of the natural cushioning right below the heel bone. You’ll be able to feel that cushioning with every step that you take, and combined with the rest of the anatomically crafted midsole they make a great supportive team for your feet.
The entire midsole has shock absorbing properties, and the entire sole is flexible, lightweight and so durable. You will be able to feel that midsole, and you won’t get back to any other sandal after trying on the Birkenstock Yao. The double jute fibers have double duty in these sandals. The one layer wicks away the moisture while the other and strength to the shoes. And let’s not forget. The footbed of the Birkinstock Yao is also equipped with cork and latex mix. The cork is firma and very resilient material that ensures maximum support, while the latex makes sure that there is a dose of flexibility in that footbed. And last but not least, the suede liner of the footbed ensures that your feet glide easily while wearing these shoes.
Oh but the variety of colors in the outsole was mentioned, you should know that that variety also applies for the materials used in making of the upper. Smooth, oiled, waxy, nubuck, leather are some of the offerings in the Birkenstock Yao model, and it also come in synthetic upper materials like Birko-Flor and micro fiber and Polyurethane. They’re a more water-resistant version of the all-natural materials, and of course a lot cheaper.
You won’t find a simpler and elegant style of shoe, and the Yao model is really a source of pride for the Birkenstock Company. The German pragmatic way of living and their great engendering is transformed into a great looking and very comfortable shoe. A shoe that can be renewed and made more durable with just removing one part of it. How many other sandals can say the same?
Deep heel cup
Raised toe bar
The company however warns that because it contains cork, the sandals mustn’t be kept under direct source of heat, or even out on the sun for too long. The heat has a potential to damage the material and the entire shoe in a short amount of time. However if that does happen, that very same part of the midsole can be easily replaced with a new one, thus , making the Birkenstock Yao one of the most practical and beloved sandals in the entire company’s collection. You will be able to feel the comfort with every step.