WanderGear Wednesday – Win Birkenstocks!

by Beth Whitman (September 9th, 2009)

Birkenstock GizehI’ve always described Seattle as a Birkenstock and granola kind of town. At least that’s how we prided ourselves years ago. The image has changed quite a bit since I moved here nearly 20 years ago. We’re definitely more techy and we did have that grunge phase, remember, but there are still plenty of vegetarian/organic/health nuts to keep the myth alive.

The truth is, however, that I had never owned a pair of Birkies myself – until I stopped by the Birkenstock booth at the Outdoor Retailer show this year and the folks there offered me a sample pair of Gizehs (above) to review AND a pair to give away to you fabulous readers!

To make this fun, I thought I’d have you gals write up a short limerick with the word “Birkenstock” in it. This is for girls-only and it’s for a pair of Gizehs. There are no restrictions other than making it friendly enough that your mom wouldn’t blush reading it and that the folks at Birkenstock USA are only able to ship to North American (though ALL are encouraged to submit their limerick.)

So… on with it. Leave your comments below with your limerick of any length (now don’t go wild – you’ll win points for brevity and creativity). Entrants must post their limerick by 11:59 pm PST on September 23rd. Winner will be announced on September 24th. Consider subscribing to my RSS feed so you don’t miss the announcement.

Winner will be chosen at my discretion :-)

Added bonus – the winner will be featured on the Birkenstock Blog!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering… the Gizehs, which I tested out, are perfect for wearing after a long day of sightseeing. The cork footbed is formed to fit a healthy foot and provide support and proper weight distribution. Though they are stiffer than other sandals that I own, this actually provides support that I’ve never had in a sandal before (who knew what I was missing!). Once I had the strap adjusted tightly enough, I found that these were surprisingly comfortable.

Now where did I put my granola???

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    On September 9th, 2009 at 1:29 pm, Andrea said:

    I’ve always loved Birkenstocks but could never afford them! It would be perfect to get a pair before my next traveling excursion. With that said, here are 2 limericks! Best of luck to everyone!

    Hippie undies all in a bunch
    Someone’s stolen the granola crunch
    Not to mention the perfect shoe
    Everyone’s catching onto the clue
    Birkenstocks FTW is my hunch!

    Think these are your average shoe
    Think again, they’re entirely new
    They conform to your feet
    And always look neat
    Birkenstocks for the red, white and blue!

    On September 9th, 2009 at 1:59 pm, Beth said:

    LOVE it, Andrea. Nice work!

    On September 9th, 2009 at 3:36 pm, Treesa Friesen said:

    When picking out the perfect shoe,
    It doesn’t matter where or who,
    What I find works out best,
    is not to settle for anything less
    Birkies support arches and toe,
    Even look good on the go.

    On September 14th, 2009 at 5:49 am, Kim Baxter said:

    Just an overwhelmed mom in LA
    Who covets a pair of Gizehs
    Five kids keep me running
    And can be mind numbing
    New Birks? On my feet? What a day!

    On September 14th, 2009 at 8:07 pm, LaurenS said:

    A young mom who’s name was Laurena
    Had feet that looked ugly and scary
    The Birkenstocks arrived
    New Gizehs side by side
    Now her feet are completely divine

    On September 14th, 2009 at 8:14 pm, Wehaf said:

    There was a young woman who wanted
    to wear Birkenstocks so she haunted
    the booths and the fairs
    looking for a new pair
    Always searching and ever undaunted.

    On September 15th, 2009 at 4:07 am, teri said:

    Part of my life story…. :)

    Back in Eighty Nine she saw their smirks
    Those in the suburbs were total jerks
    People would all just stare
    When she wore her first pair
    By Ninety they were all wearking birks!

    On September 15th, 2009 at 4:50 am, Annette D said:

    There once was a gal named Annette
    On a pair of Birkenstocks her mind was set
    A limerick she penned
    Hit the button and send
    Dose she have her fingers crossed, You bet!

    On September 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm, Clenna in NH said:

    Birkenstocks for Who?

    Walking, playing and hiking too
    Looking for some comfy shoes
    Sneakers, sandals. Oh what to choose..
    To wear on feet of black and blue
    Birkis are the choice for me and you!

    On September 15th, 2009 at 8:34 pm, Tara said:

    Cool giveaway- i’ve never written a limerick- but here goes:

    1.I am a fine lass from Canada way
    Who would love to win a fine pair of Birkenstocks today
    they are great for hiking over snow and rocks
    as long as you don’t mind if i wear mine with socks

    2. Some say I’m a hippy although i wear no dreadlocks
    It could be my long skirts or my love of wool socks,
    The patchouli, The tofu, or my collection of rocks
    But i know i would never hear another word of mock
    If i strutted around town in this stylish pair of Birkenstocks

    Thanks :)

    On September 16th, 2009 at 9:49 am, Kim Baxter said:

    Exploring the world all alone
    Much back and foot pain have I known
    Birkenstocks hold your feet
    On a cork bed…a treat!
    How I covet Gizehs of my own!

    On September 16th, 2009 at 3:47 pm, Pat Connors said:

    Walking down the road
    or maybe the path
    Birkenstocks are comfy
    and boy do they last

    On September 16th, 2009 at 6:07 pm, Rise Isom said:

    Aching feet call for ease
    with birkenstocks, easy to please
    A limerick to the rescue
    Glad not a haiku
    My tootsies await their release

    On September 16th, 2009 at 6:47 pm, NICHOLAS NIEVES said:

    if i win i dont have to go to germany to get a pair

    On September 17th, 2009 at 6:14 pm, Carolyn G said:

    Does a haiku count?

    My feet need these shoes
    They bear the weight of me
    Please give them relief

    On September 17th, 2009 at 8:33 pm, tiki11 said:

    There was a fine lass from Hasselrock
    who’s legs had never been shaved a lot
    It was Birkies she wore
    and long skirts galore
    My eyes crossed when wind blew the hem aloft.

    On September 18th, 2009 at 2:35 pm, Lauren said:

    New Mexico mama named Lauren
    Had not bought new shoes in seven years
    Then she won some Gizehs
    Thanks Birkenstocks she sighed
    Now her friends THINK she’s no longer cheap

    On September 18th, 2009 at 8:14 pm, AL HUEBNER said:


    On September 18th, 2009 at 11:08 pm, Mari Koudi said:

    There once was a modern day hippie,
    whose beliefs were political, social and “green”,
    She spread her message of social awareness,
    walking in comfort, in Gizeh style .. so bold!
    Yelling “Birkenstock lifestyle’s for everyone–no matter how old!”


    On September 19th, 2009 at 7:05 am, Maggie hall said:

    Ode to a Memory

    I remember walking hand in hand with him
    As we tread softly through the field of flowers
    His old army jacket with the frayed edges
    Hanging low over his jeans with the ragged hem and torn knee
    My hair moving in the morning breeze
    Sending a chill through my thin cotton shirt and ruffling my broomstick skirt
    Our steps silent… cool… wet
    The dew dampens the hems of our clothes.. the soles of our Birkenstocks
    We were going to change the world…
    It changed Us..but only a little…
    For that was the past …as well as the present..
    As we walk hand in hand through the field of flowers.

    On September 19th, 2009 at 7:49 am, Shana said:

    There once was a hippie named Goldilocks
    Who owned seven pairs of those Birkenstocks
    She wore them to work
    She wore them to play
    She wore them with one pair of stinky socks

    On September 19th, 2009 at 9:58 am, Tricia Z said:

    There once were some sandals who were stinky and old,
    Her relatives shunned her for wearing them bold.
    She wore them for cleaning,
    She wore them to town
    Til one day they were shredded and quickly flushed down.

    ( I am talking about my old ones, on my feet right this moment, actually- I really need your help here- I don’t want to be an outcast anymore! ;-)

    On September 19th, 2009 at 2:49 pm, pat said:

    Birkenstocks without socks, rocks!

    On September 19th, 2009 at 7:20 pm, Naomi said:

    When wearing her new pair of Gizehs,
    one lass was prone to stripteases
    she stripped down to her panties
    while singing old shanties
    all about her devotion to pizza

    On September 19th, 2009 at 8:26 pm, Marla Davis said:

    Birkenstocks will make you talk
    your toes will always thank you

    Your heels feel cushy
    as they thin your tushy

    They are stylish indeed
    I want another pair please! :)

    On September 19th, 2009 at 8:30 pm, Carolyn said:

    I can’t afford these, but I would sure love to win a pair.

    On September 20th, 2009 at 8:21 am, Maggie hall said:

    The shoe-iest of shoes
    The only ones I wear
    Are my Birkenstocks slides
    And I need a new pair.

    On September 20th, 2009 at 4:34 pm, NICHOLAS NIEVES said:


    On September 21st, 2009 at 4:41 pm, Denise said:

    Limerick #1:
    Though I cannot say I’m a hippie,
    These Birkenstocks sure look zippy!
    I’ve always kept my eyes peeled
    For comfortable shoes without heels
    And in these I could walk to Mississippi!

    Limerick #2:
    In my old shoes I have walked in pain
    These blisters have made me nearly insane!
    Time to find a new pair of kicks,
    Simple, comfortable, and no hidden tricks.
    And with Birkenstocks, I will definitely not complain.

    On September 30th, 2009 at 1:57 pm, Hilda Rivera said:

    Time to find a new pair of kicks, since my old ones are full of holes and plenty of ticks. Life is just so unfair I will never be able to afford a pair.

    On September 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm, Rajee said:

    I always love to try new pair of kicks. It’s really so hard to but the comfy and great for running and walking fast.

    On September 30th, 2009 at 5:21 pm, tina reynolds said:

    I would love to win a pair of birkenstocks my feet would be so so happy thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

    On August 4th, 2010 at 4:45 pm, Holly said:

    There was a teacher from Illinois
    Birkenstock sandals she much enjoyed
    Until one said day
    Her roommate hid them away
    Saying the odor she could no longer avoid!

    I would love to win these, thanks for the chance!

    On October 18th, 2010 at 3:18 pm, tim said:

    Jane wore her Birks without fail
    A police lady put Jane in jail
    The cop’s jealously rose
    as Jane wiggled her toes
    Jane relished her Birks while in jail

    Jane wiggled her toes with such glee
    Birks made her tooties feel free
    Jane explained all the perks
    that she loved about Birks
    The cop said “I must get some for me”

    The cop let Jane out of the pen
    Let me tell what both ladies did then
    They went to a Birk store
    They bought 1 pair – then more
    Jane’s jail tale had a good end

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