I’ll be honest, I am not a flats girl. At 4’11, heels have been a calling card most of my life. I assumed I needed that added height to look polished. Without it, I felt a bit frumpy. Notice I’m using past tense here? When my job forced me to reconsider my footwear and focus on comfort, I landed on Birdies shoes. They were completely unique, appealing both to my style sensibilities and functional needs. Has the brand caught your eye too? Looking for an honest Birdies review in 2024? we’ll dive into the company’s claim that its shoes are as comfy as they are chic.
I’ll walk you through everything about the brand that appealed to me (and what didn’t). We’ll cover what you need to know before you order, including sizing tips, shipping/returning info, and other frequently asked questions.
To begin, we should probably talk about why the Birdies name might sound familiar. These shoes have some famous fans. In fact, photographers for InStyle magazine recently spotted Katie Holmes in the same Birdies’ ballet flat I ordered (it’s called The Crane). Meghan Markle is another Birdies devotee, as ELLE magazine discusses, calling the shoes “clouds for your feet.” And of course there’s People Magazine which named Birdies to its list of the most comfortable flats of 2024.
Thanks to Birdies for sharing these styles with me to assist in the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
As a college journalism and broadcasting lecturer, I am on my feet all day long. Moreover, I am often traversing campus while carrying heavy photo and video gear. The heels I adore are no longer conducive to my lifestyle! My quest for a better option as we enter the new year had me testing out several brands that focus on elegant, comfort-focused flats—Birdies, VIVAIA, and Rothy’s.
While this post focuses specifically on Birdies, if you’re looking for a 2024 Birdies review that compares all three, I do have some thoughts to share. When comparing the three brands, VIVAIA offers the most diversity of styles/lowest price point, while Birdies gets the win for comfort. Although I love the sustainability focus Rothy’s offers, I didn’t find its shoes as comfortable as Birdies (and the two are similar in price).
As the Birdies team explains, Birdies shoes offer a seven layer footbed that conforms to your foot shape. Thus, you get “the support of a sneaker, the softness of a slipper and the style of a designer flat.”
When you look inside the shoe, you can see that cushioning immediately. Birdies’ shoes cover high-density memory foam with a plush quilted satin fabric for maximum shock absorption. Best of all, unlike most shoes claiming to offer “slipper-like comfort” – Birdies also have arch and heel support. This is essential if you are looking for and all-day, workhorse shoe like I was.
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I first encountered Birdies early in the brands’ development. At that time, it focused primarily on loafers. After all, the founders of the company (Bianca Gates and Marisa Sharkey) intended to create a beautiful shoe you could wear around the house – and elevated house slipper. Most of the styles seemed to have more of a rounded toe, so I quickly dismissed the brand.
As a petite, I favor pointed or almond toe styles which can create the illusion of longer legs. Moreover, I was looking for a work shoe. Thankfully, Birdies has really broadened its collection in 2024. There are now shoes fit for every aesthetic. The brand has even launched a line of sneakers! I’ve found so many styles I adore.
Birdies flats are now available in six styles: Blackbird, Starling, Vesper, Goldfinch, Heron, and Crane. You’ll find everything from bold patterns like cheetah, to luxe finishes like velvet… and plenty of versatile classics too.
Before we dive into the specifics of the styles I ordered, I wanted to make sure this Birdies review touches on the overall pros and cons. I’m a fan, but no shoe is perfect.
In addition to the Crane (pictured above), I fell in love with the Goldfinch (linked below). The pointed-toe ballet flat comes in a variety of leathers and fabrications, including a suede with 5,000 rhinestones that catch the light beautifully. This shoe is a compliment magnet!
One of the reasons for that, is its flattering v-shaped vamp. You might be wondering what the heck is a vamp and why does it matter? The vamp is where the shoe ends at the top or front of your foot. Low vamp shoes, like the Goldfinch, end or cut across the top of your foot near the toes. High vamp shoes come further up your foot.
Low vamp shoes help visually elongate your leg line. This is especially the case when pairing them with cropped pants or a skirt/dress.
An essential question for any 2024 Birdies review! In my experience, Birdies shoes fit true to size. I wear mine without socks, either barefoot or with tights the winter. The flats, slides, and slippers should fit snuggly, molding to your feet over time.
There are some variations depending on the style you choose, so I would recommend taking the time to read the brand’s rather extensive Size & Fit Guide. On the page, you’ll find an interactive style quiz and some fit FAQs. Most notably, it highlights the fact that you get 30 days to give your Birdies a test flight. Birdies accepts returns or exchanges within 30 days of your purchase.
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Here’s what I noticed, based on the three styles I ordered… The fabrication affects the fit.
For instance, the Goldfinch in Quartz Crystal Suede was a bit roomier on my feet than the more structured Crane ballet flat and Blackbird flat, both in leather. Per the brand, velvet styles are roomier, while leather, suede, and calf hair mold to your foot over time.
The Blackbird runs a bit narrow in the toe area. If you are between sizes, I would recommend going up a half size. The Crane fit perfectly, very true to size. I ordered my usual size 6. The Goldfinch felt a bit loose on my. While most reviewers and the brand say it fits TTS, I would have been more comfortable in a 5.5.
To conclude this 2024 Birdies review, let’s discuss shipping and returns. Shipping is free. You can expect your order to arrive within 5-8 business days. Returns are also free (including return shipping). As mentioned above, Birdies offers a fit guarantee as well as a 30-day trial period for U.S. customers.
For me, Birdies shoes were a breath of fresh air. Equal parts comfort and style, they helped reframe my thinking about flats. If you’re looking for something classic, whimsical, or just want to give your feet the attention they deserve, Birdies are worth trying! If you have any questions I didn’t cover, don’t hesitate to drop me a note in the comments below.