What makes a Birkenstock a Birkenstock?
Outstanding Design - Comfort - Variety - Value
of features set Birkenstocks apart from other shoes. But
it really comes down to one simple fact: Birkenstocks were
designed specifically to accommodate the human foot. In
fact, a Birkenstock is shaped like a healthy footprint.
A foot in a Birkenstock is free to function the way a foot
was meant to function. That's the key to keeping feet healthy
and comfortable. The famous contoured footbed was designed
to recreate the experience of walking barefoot on a gently
yielding surface. It's no wonder feet are happier in Birkenstocks.
EVA - flexible, durable, lightweight and
footbed is shaped like a healthy footprint to
guide your foot into its most natural walking position.
cork footbed is encased in jute. The bottom
layer adds strength and makes the shoe easy to resole.
The top layer wicks moisture away from your feet.
toe bar encourages the natural gripping motion
of your feet, exercising your legs and improving
it comes to comfort, feet don't need cushioning,
they need support -- backs are the same way. That's
why doctors recommend a firm mattress. Our footbed's
firm, resilient cork/latex surface gives your feet
the support they need to walk farther without fatigue.
supple suede lines the footbed to keep your
feet comfortable and dry.
heel cup cradles and stabilizes your heel and keeps
the heel's natural padding directly under the heel bone
so it can absorb shock, as nature intended.
footbed's curves mirror the arch structure of your feet,
ensuring proper support and even weight distribution.
footwear is assembled from the finest materials available.
This means that each pair will provide maximum wear and
comfort for years to come.
Only the lightest, premium-quality
cork is used to craft Birkenstock footbeds. Cork is used because it's
lightweight, resilient, and shock absorbent. It's also a
renewable resource. It comes from the bark of cork oak trees
which grow in Spain and Portugal. The bark is peeled by
hand. This, by the way, doesn't harm the tree. It simply
grows more cork bark, which can be reharvested every 7 years.
Most of the harvested bark is cut into corks, bottle stoppers,
or ground up and made into Birkenstock contoured footbeds.
Birkenstock uses the highest quality leather available.
They start with 3mm-thick hides, the thickest in the shoe
industry, and dye them all the way through for color that
shoes denoted simply as "leather" have this classic
soft, thick, napped leather from select hides is
is buffed until it's soft and velvety.
waxy or oiled finish applied to buffed leather results in
a fashionably distressed look.
Birko-Flor™ is Birkenstock's alternative to leather.
Soft, flexible and breathable, it requires no break-in
time. It's also easier to care for and less expensive
clean with a damp cloth. Notable for the way it
takes to intricate textures and patterns.
synthetic version of nubuck. Made from soft felt
fibers, it has a very convincing texture.