Birkenstock is a shoe manufacturer headquartered in Neustadt, Germany. The company sells Birkenstock, a German brand of sandals and other shoes notable for their contoured cork and rubber footbeds, which conform somewhat to the shape of their wearers’ feet. Representative products include the two-strap Arizona sandal and the Boston clog.
The footbed of the Birkenstock shoe was created in the 1930s and possesses four different layers that complete the shoes. The first layer of the shoe is the shock absorbent sole, followed by two layers of jute fibers, and a firm corked footbed. The last layer is the footbed line which is a soft suede.
The company also serves the medical community and professionals in the food industry. It distributes its products through its retail stores and other retailers in the United States. Birkenstock Distribution also sells its products online.
Top quality leathers and synthetic materials ensure a premium-level all-around product.
Natural leather can be recognized by its untreated surface. Birkenstock does not treat surface grains and other natural characteristics, leaving every piece unique.
Patent leather is coated with paint or plastic to give it its notable high gloss shine.
Suede is a general term for leather that has been buffed on the inside. It has an unfinished yet soft surface.
Nubuck is a top-grain leather with a softly-buffed surface. Because of its fine fibers, nubuck is sensitive to moisture and color, and a surface treatment may be recommended for extra protection.
Wool felt is made from merino wool, a high-quality natural fiber that is gentle on the skin and breathable.
Felt is a thick material made from synthetic fibers. Birkenstock felts are highly durable, and at the same time comfortable, breathable and soft to the touch.
Birko felt is made from a blend of rayon and synthetic fibers.
Birko felt nubuck is a synthetic material that looks and feels like nubuck leather.
Birko-Flor® is a high-quality synthetic material. The upper layer is an easy-to-care-for PVC. The lining is a soft, breathable fleece that’s comfortable next to the skin.