Well I followed Joat's advice and bought myself some birks. Unfortunately I have really big feet - size 43 European. And all the really cute Birk's stop at 42. Grrrrr. Anyway, I did get a nice pair of the classic Arizona. I also got another pair on sale that look really similar to the black pair in the picture but in black leather not suade.
I've worn them for about a week now and I'm pretty happy. At the store the lady measured my foot and I discovered that my right foot is now a full size bigger than my left. Apparently an injury from long ago (ballet of all things) has caused that arch to fall. So I have a small blister on that foot - guess my fallen arch will have to toughen up! =-)