The Birkenstock tradition of quality craftsmanship goes back more than 225 years. Crafted in Germany, our footwear is created using only premium products and materials. Starting with high-grade leather, suede, nubuck, and non-leather uppers, we dye our materials all the way through for a lasting look. Birkenstock footwear also includes our unique contoured footbed, shock-absorbing soles and specially designed buckles for years of comfort and durability. Almost every component of our footwear can be repaired or replaced, making Birkenstock footwear a long-lasting investment in the health of your feet.
Birkenstock footbeds are made of cork and natural latex, and contoured in the shape of a healthy foot. These contours ensure proper weight distribution with raised arches to help support the foot’s natural shape and structure. The toe bar allows the toes to grip and ﬂex, stimulating circulation, exercising the leg, and helping to maintain balance. The deep heel cup keeps the foot’s natural padding under the heel to provide stability. As a result of these factors, the correct bones bear the weight of the body to keep the spine and legs in alignment.
It would make sense to think that a softer and more “cushiony” shoe would be more comfortable. But in fact, the Birkenstock concept of comfort is based on ﬁrm, orthopedically correct support. As with a quality mattress, feet require solid support and correct positioning providing maximum comfort and health. Our footbed features proper arch support, a deep heel cup, and adequate room in the toe area – all to help distribute weight evenly for the entire foot. The result is improved posture and balance for greater comfort when walking.
The Birkenstock footbed is made of resilient cork/latex and is shaped to create a healthy walking environment for your feet. Additionally, the cork/latex blend is pliable and reacts to natural body warmth. Therefore, over time, the footbed yields to the characteristics of an individual foot. Many long-term Birkenstock wearers ﬁnd that the longer you wear them, the more comfortable they become. The shape of a Birkenstock follows the contours of a healthy foot.
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