Birkenstock Boston Review: The Ugly-Clog that’s a Colossal Hit when it Comes to Comfort

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Last Updated on April 20, 2022

Okay, so call me naive but I always thought clogs were those funny looking wooden shoes favored by people from Amsterdam and the fact that they are pretty comparable to the Crocs that I have always hated with a passion, mainly down to their lack of style and pure ugliness.

Late last year however I stumbled upon the Boston from Birkenstock, not a bit of wood in sight unless you count the super comfy cork footbed and a design that, although isn’t what I would call uber-chic, definitely caught my eye so much that I had to buy a pair.

Now, my review is for the Boston Clog with the suede leather upper although they do come in a variety of finishes including oiled leather, wool felt, vegan and shearling which I will cover more a little bit later.

Birkenstock Boston Overview

Model of Shoe: The Boston Clog

Brand Recognition / Shoe Model recognition: A very robust looking Clog style of slip on shoe which is instantly recognizable as Birkenstock

What makes it unique: The Birkenstock footbed that molds to your foot and the EVA sole

Who is it best for: Men & Women – Unisex Design

Size Range: Women 4-12.5 (including all half sizes), Men 6-14.5 including all half sizes

Price Range ($, $$, $$$): $120.00 – $230.00

Color Range (Top 3 Colors): Black, Mink & Taupe

Read: Complete Guide To All Birkenstock Sandal Styles (For Every Personality)

My Birkenstock Boston Full Review

Style & Aesthetic

The Boston is a robust slip on clog style sandal that is much like a mule in design although does have an adjustable strap with perfectly spaced eyelets and a pin buckle for the optimum fit.

The Boston is made up of clean lines with no visible stitching and the soles are made from lightweight EVA which is ridged for great traction and grip when walking.

The Boston also has a supergrip option.


The Fit:

Length 27 cm | 10.625″ (US size 9)

Width: Regular & Narrow

Weight 383 g | 13.5 oz (US size 9)

Heel Height: 1cm

Two width options available with this style for optimum comfort and fit.

Comfort and Arch Support

The Boston Clog has the original Birkenstock footbed and also comes in the soft footbed option – which features pronounced arch support, a deep heel cup, and roomy toe box. Footbed molds and shapes to your foot once broken in.

Sole Flexibility

The sole isn’t very flexible when you first take your Bostons from the box but anyone who knows the Birkenstock range of footwear knows that this is the norm as all Birkenstock sandals, clogs and flip-flops need breaking in properly.

Materials

The Boston Clog comes in a huge range of options when it comes to the uppers so there really is something for everyone, whatever your preference.

Upper material: Suede Leather, Oiled Leather, Embossed Leather, Wool Felt, Birko Flor, Natural Leather, Football Leather, Microfibre and Shearling

Footbed: The original and soft footbeds made from a mix of latex and Cork. Both footbed mold and shapes to your foot.

Sole material: EVA – Flexible, lightweight, durable and shock absorbing

Get in the Know: Birkenstock Birko Flor vs Leather (Which Should You Choose?)

Durability

Extremely durable and robust.


After care:

  • Extreme temperatures can harm cork footbeds and EVA soles, so try to keep them away from campfires, radiators and fireplaces. On hot days, don’t leave your Birkenstocks under direct sun or in closed environments like closed vehicles.
  • Some Birkenstock shoes are waterproof, but the majority are not, and should not be submerged in water since the sealants may be compromised. If your shoes get wet, allow them to dry naturally.
  • The exposed cork edge of Birkenstock flip flops and clogs is lightly coated with cork sealer. This safeguards the cork and keeps it from drying out. If the cork appears to be drying out, apply a thin layer of Birkenstock Cork Sealer to safeguard it from the elements.
  • Spritz the whole footbed of your sandals with Birkenstock Cleaner & Refresher and gently wipe excess moisture and dirt with a cloth to keep your footwear fresh. To restore the nap on suede and nubuck footbeds, use a Nubuck/Suede brush.
  • Spray Birkenstock Water & Stain Repellent on leather, suede, and nubuck surfaces on a regular basis to keep them protected. Uppers should be brushed with either a Nubuck or Suede brush to remove dust and dirt and restore the nap.
  • Simply wipe Birko-flor and Birkibuc uppers clean with a damp cloth. To remove stubborn stains, use soap and water.

Read My Other Birkenstock Reviews:

The Birkenstock Milano: The Classic Dad Sandal You Will Want to Wear

All About The Birkenstock Madrid Sandal

The Great Birkenstock Footbed Debate: Soft v Regular, Is there a Difference? Does it Matter?

So, is the Birkenstock Boston worth it?

On first glance it looks like the Boston Clog might just slip off your foot when you start walking however this couldn’t be further from the truth thanks to the roomy toe box area which provides great grip for your toes and also the adjustable strap which runs across the clog.

The Boston is a super-comfortable clog which is not only robust and hardwearing but also stylish in an ugly-clunky-homely-preppy kind of way.

If you are looking for a good all-rounder that you can just slip your feet into then the Boston is definitely the Clog for you and considering it is one of Birkenstock’s best sellers I am not the only one who thinks so.

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