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Birkenstock alternatives that feel just as good but aren’t as pricey

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These sandals bring the look of Birkenstock without the price

It's a little-known fact that Birkenstock invented the footbed — the unique shape of a shoe's sole where the foot is supported by a natural shape and the toes are protected by a raised ridge. This gives your foot a natural, correct position (with killer arch support) and creates the same rolling movement you get when you walk barefoot, which is why Birkenstocks are so dang comfortable.

The footbed used to be exclusive to Birkenstocks, but today, you can find it on a lot of shoes without the Birkenstock price tag. And with spring just around the corner — which means sandal season is coming up fast — now is the time to get affordable Birkenstock alternatives. That way, you won't be caught off guard when the first warm days arrive. 

Both the look and comfort of Birkenstocks — at a fraction of the price

CUSHIONAIRE Women's Lane Cork Footbed Sandal With +Comfort

This sandal features a cork footbed almost identical to Birkenstock's, so you know it'll be comfortable all day long. The leather uppers, with two straps and metal buckles, come in 21 colors to match any outfit or style. And the best part? They're under $30 a pair.

FUNKYMONKEY Women's Comfort Slides Double Buckle Adjustable EVA Flat Sandals

Rather than cork and leather, these sandals are made from cushiony ethylene-vinyl acetate foam that feels like you're walking on a cloud. It also means you can get these sandals in a ton of fun colors that traditional Birkenstocks can't offer, but still with the two-straps-and-buckle design you know and love. You can snag a pair right now for just $25.49 to $29.99.

WHITE MOUNTAIN Women's Gracie Signature Comfort Molded Strappy Footbed Sandal

If you prefer strappier Birkenstocks, these are the sandals for you. Their cork footbed is almost identical to the real thing, and they feature leather straps that crisscross for a dressier look than Birkenstock's classic slides. They come in 15 colors, all under $45. 

Portland Boot Company Women's Buckle Clog Slippers

FITORY Womens Open Toe Slipper with Cozy Lining

Women's Cork Footbed Sandals

CUSHIONAIRE Women's Liza Cork Footbed Sandal With +Comfort

CUSHIONAIRE Women's Leah Cork Footbed Sandal With +Comfort

CUSHIONAIRE Women's Lizzy Cork footbed Sandal with +Comfort and Wide Widths Available

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