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OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER EQUALED: THE ORIGINAL BIRKENSTOCK FOOTBED
At the heart of all our models is the original BIRKENSTOCK footbed. Replicating a footprint in the sand, its construction has been consummately designed and engineered down to the smallest detail. The original BIRKENSTOCK footbed has built-in shock absorption, while the gripping motion that keeps the shoe in place provides exercise and promotes circulation. The anatomical moldings are designed to reduce pressure when you walk, helping to provide relief for your feet, joints and back. When people use the term footbeds, they’re actually talking about BIRKENSTOCK. While footbeds are now synonymous with extraordinary comfort, the term itself was first used by BIRKENSTOCK in the 1930's to denote anatomically shaped insoles that provide special support. Unlike other orthopedic inserts at the time, which were designed to relieve and treat ailing feet, our footbed was conceived with the aim of maintaining healthy feet. All our models, from sandals to closed-toe shoes, come with a footbed. The carefully thought-out construction imitates a footprint in the sand, ensuring that your feet feel as comfortable as possible for hours on end. The anatomical contours of the footbed reduce pressure and support the natural rolling movement of walking. The flexible cork and latex core forms the heart of all BIRKENSTOCK footwear to this day. The result is unbeatable wearing comfort. Today we use only natural materials from sustainable sources in the original BIRKENSTOCK footbed: light natural cork, select jute, high-quality latex and handpicked suede for the lining. In our close-toe models, it’s this velvety-soft lining that delivers standout moisture management. The result is increased well-being and a comfortable foot climate when our closed-toe shoes are worn barefoot. LAYER BY LAYER – PURE FUNCTIONALITY
The original BIRKENSTOCK footbed combines natural materials from sustainable sources with outstanding functionality. The smooth suede lining is the first layer that delivers comfort. It is wonderfully soft, absorbing moisture and wicking it away to the thickly woven jute layer below. Another layer down is the cork and latex core that forms the heart of the footbed. It cushions impacts and supports your foot every step of the way. A layer of coarse jute and the sturdy EVA outsole round off the stabilizing design, providing your foot with additional relief. Those who prefer their shoes to be a bit softer should opt for the BIRKENSTOCK soft footbed. Here, we insert a permanently elastic latex cushion right underneath the suede lining. It gently cushions every step and always returns to its original form. Like walking on air!
About BIRKENSTOCK BIRKENSTOCK is a global footwear brand that stands for quality, function, and all-round well-being. With more than 3,500 employees, this traditional, sixth-generation family-run business is also one of the German footwear industry’s biggest employers. The company’s historic roots can be traced as far back as 1774. BIRKENSTOCK was already using the term “footbed” in the 1930's, giving it the meaning which is commonly understood by consumers all over the world to this day – as a synonym for outstanding comfort when walking and standing. By the early 1970's, BIRKENSTOCK had become a global player. Manufactured in Germany, the sandals are now sold in more than 100 countries on all continents. BIRKENSTOCK also has a growing range of enclosed shoes, children’s shoes, and occupational footwear, as well as specialist products for orthopedic retailers, socks, bags, and belts. In 2017, BIRKENSTOCK added sleep systems and natural cosmetics (BIRKENSTOCK Natural Care) to its portfolio of products. The company is headquartered in Neustadt (Wied). BIRKENSTOCK has nine sites in Germany, in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Bavaria, and Saxony. The long-standing family-owned enterprise also operates its own sales offices in the United States, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom.