Birkenstock is the creator of one of the most iconic sandals ever manufactured. The German shoe makers trademark cork and rubber sole was the first of its kind to contour the shape of the foot. Leading to a shoe revolution in terms of how they were made for comfort and stability.
History of Birkenstock
The Birkenstock brand traces its roots back to Johann Adam Birkenstock who in 1774 registered as a ‘subject and cobbler’ via the church archives in the small Hessian village of Langen Bergheim, Germany.
Fast forward to 1896 and Johann’s great-great-Grandson Konrad has continued to focus on ergonomics over aesthetics by developing the first contoured insole for use by shoemakers. This was far removed from the flat, hard footbeds used prior. Konrad also opened two shops in Frankfurt the same year where he would continue to master his craft.
After WW2 the Birkenstock sandal was popular among war veterans due to its orthopaedic support. Konrad's industry defining contribution to insole technology did not go unnoticed, seeing him invited to lecture across Germany and Austria on his new techniques. Further to taking a technical approach to shoe manufacturing, Birkenstock also prides themselves on eco-friendly production and using the highest standard, long lasting materials.
Products from Birkenstock
The Birkenstock Arizona Sandal is arguably the most recognisable model amongst a now broad and diverse array of footwear on offer from the brand. Featuring the now famous cork/rubber hybrid sole and two leather straps it shouts originality. What was once a brown leather sandal is so much more than that in 2017. Coming in a selection of colours and materials to choose from, there is a style for everyone.