I'd been warned, but it's one of those things you really can't believe until you've seen it yourself. I wore my Birkenstocks to church on Sunday then didn't return to them until the following Sunday. Imagine my surprise to find a vigorous growth of mould on the leather footbed. ONE week of disuse!

With some concern, I checked on my lovely Merrill sandals which I haven't been wearing at all in the village. They, too, had a little bit of mould growing on them, but less than the Birks, to my relief. I wasn't planning on wearing them in the village to preserve them from the mud so as to keep them presentable as footwear for other locations. Perhaps if I put them in a Zip-loc bag.?


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