Beek Sandals Review
When I first heard about Beek sandals, my interest was piqued! It’s so difficult to find non-clunky shoes and sandals that offer significant arch support. I do adore my Birkenstocks, but the promise of a more streamlined, fashionable sandal demanded further investigation.
What are Beek Sandals?
Beek makes sandals and shoes with molded leather arch-supporting footbed. Their sandals are 100% leather, and their shoes are equally high quality. Where a lot of even designer minimalist sandals are completely flat, Beek is fairly unique in offering arch support in their sandals. (see this post for even more fashionable shoes with arch support)
Beek Shoes First Impressions & Quality
I ended up ordering a total of four pairs of Beeks shoes and sandals: two pairs of slides (the Sandpiper, and a since discontinued style that’s similar to the Siskin), one pair of sandals (also a style that’s no longer available), and one pair of boots (the Penguin).
It was immediately clear that all the shoes were well made with beautiful detailing. The leather is soft and good quality, and the handmade detailing like the tiny metal nails and stitching really stands out. Even if I winced a little at the price tags, they do align with my goal to buy higher quality items that will last longer.
Beek Shoes Comfort & Support
All were comfortable to wear from the start. Beek is big on making shoes that are soft and not too structured, so there were no stiff edges waiting to cause blisters.
Because most of their sandals and shoes have leather soles, they can be a little slippery on smooth surfaces at first. It’s best to walk out to your sidewalk or driveway and scuff up the soles a bit when you first get them.
Arch support is non-negotiable for me, I really can’t wear flat shoes for more than half an hour without pain.
So this is where Beek’s different shoe styles really diverge for me. In the sandals and the slides that are made with the simple molded leather soles without any padding on the sole, I really do feel the arch support.
They’re comfortable for casual wear throughout the day, and look so much cuter and more professional than other supportive shoe brands. I loved wearing my cute strappy sandals to dinner during our trip to San Juan. They’re favorites I keep reaching for.
My experience with Beek’s shoes that feature padded soles was a little different. It was difficult for me to feel the arch support in my gorgeous Sandpiper slides, most likely due to the padded soles.
I had the same issue with the Penguin boots I purchased. While they were incredibly cute and cozy, the sherpa lining seemed to smooth over the molded arches, and my feet started to hurt after wearing them out just for a couple quick errands. This was the only pair that I ended up returning and it was such a bummer for me, as I really did like the style.
If you’re like me and really need arch support, you know how difficult it is to find cute shoes that truly have arch support (or that will accommodate orthotics). Beek’s padded shoes just weren’t enough support for me.
However, their simple molded leather soles do provide noticeable support, and these are the shoes I’d recommend giving a try.
It’s so awesome to have a pair of truly fashionable, sleek sandals that actually have support! I’ll definitely be buying another pair of sandals to pair with summer dresses this year.
Are Beek Sandals Worth It?
If you’re comfortable with the price tag, go for it! Beek makes beautiful shoes that are higher quality than many designer options in the same price range.
Here’s some things to consider when shopping:
Only the simple molded leather sole sandals and shoes really seem to offer appreciable arch support, so I’d skip over the styles with padding.
Where do you hope to wear your Beeks? Personally, I found them to be amazing for casual wear, but I will stick with the superior support of my Birkenstocks when spending the day exploring a city.
You may want to take your shoes to cobbler, or purchase and add your own traction adhesive to the leather soles. This will prevent slipping and lengthen the life of the leather soles.
Finally, shop around a little. You’ll find the best selection at Beek’s website (and they do offer periodic coupons). However, Anthropologie also carries many Beek styles, and you may be able to take advantage of their more-frequent sales to save some serious dough.