Well, I finally broke down and purchased a pair of Keen sandals today, the Venice model in mint. http://www.keenfootwear.com/pdp_page.cfm?productID=22 Not my first color choice, mind you, but it was that or the spectre pink or powder blue. Anyway, my birkies are toast, and Jack the dachshund ate my other favorite summer shoes when he was teething, so after trying them on one day and thinking about the cost overnight (gulp--I got the birkies on sale), I went back and picked them up. Love them. Nice high insole for my arch, not tight on my foot. No break-in time. Bonus: the leather is washable, so I can toss them in the front loader and be good to go. These are incredibly comfortable shoes, and the mint will go with most of my khaki and black and od-ish clothes with which I would be wearing them. Plus they look like they will be around for a while. I'm a happy camper.