I have purchased numerous pairs of Birkenstocks in my life, but have never worn a pair. When my daughter was in middle to high school she wore nothing but Birkenstocks and Doc Martens. Yes, I bought my daughter $100 shoes - several pairs - while I owned one pair of Nikes for the week-end and 2 pairs of pumps for work - one navy and one black - that I probably bought at Payless with a BOGO promo.
I always thought Birkenstocks were pretty ugly. However, seeing them everywhere lately has changed my mind. While in TJ Maxx this week-end I spotted a pair of Birkenstocks in the clearance section for $20 and couldn't resist. They were my size and when I tried them on I was amazed at how comfortable they were. I now own my very first pair of Birkenstocks! I doubt I will buy multiples, but I'm glad I finally got my own after all the ones I paid for.