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is The Original Comfort Shoe
At Bash we know that styles change… but no matter the look, feet still
need support. Birkenstock have made footwear for over 225 years and we continue
to believe that comfort is the true measure of a shoes worth.
The phrase ‘form follows function’ describes the concept behind Birkenstock.
All of our footwear includes a footbed shape that mirrors the contours of a
Other benefits of Birkenstock's:
No part of the body is subject to more stress and strain in the course
of a lifetime than the foot. Our feet bear all of the body's weight. They keep
the body in balance. Cushion the shocks.
That is why it is important to take care of your feet. Birkenstock invented the
world's first contoured cork/latex footbed. The shape of the Original Birkenstock
Footbed enables body weight to be distributed evenly over the whole foot,
providing it with optimal support.
FAQ - Frequently
I usually don't
spend much on sandals. What makes Birkenstock's Special?
Think of Birkenstock's as a performance shoe,
orthopaedically designed and constructed to offer comfort and support that other
shoes just can't match.
Most sandals are made to last one, maybe two seasons at the most. Birkenstock's,
on the other hand, are made to last a long time. Quality materials give Birkenstock's durability and long lasting good looks. The reparability of
Birkenstock footwear extends the life of the shoes, making this investment even
more sound. With proper care and maintenance you can make your Birkenstock's last for years. Birkenstock's are an investment for your feet.
Why do Birkenstock's look wide?
They look wider than most shoes because the design follows the natural
shape of the foot. Many shoe styles feature a narrow toe area, which not only
compresses the toes, but throws the foot out of alignment. The shape of Birkenstock's guides the toes and feet into correct alignment so the weight is
evenly distributed and good posture is possible.
How long do Birkenstock's last? Are they guaranteed for any period of time?
While there is no guarantee, with proper care, Birkenstock footwear can
provide years of comfort. Everything that goes into the shoe is top quality -
from the suede, jute and cork of the footbed, to the leather, suede and nubuck
used to create the uppers. The result is footwear that's an excellent value -
comfortable and remarkably durable.
Are Birkenstock's repairable? How do I get them repaired?
Every component of the shoe can be repaired or replaced to extend the
life of the shoe. However, at this time South African stores are not equipped to assist in the repairing of Birkenstock shoes or sandals. You may consult your nearest shoemaker for advice on repairing services.
Do these shoes mold
to my feet?
The Birkenstock footbed is made of resilient cork and latex that is
precisely molded to create the best possible environment for your feet. As you
wear them, they actually adapt to your feet-and vice versa-which means that the
more time you spend in Birkenstock's the more comfortable they become.
Why do the straps
feel so loose? Shouldn't they be tighter?
Birkenstock's are meant to be worn loosely. Support comes from the
footbed -not tightly secured straps. Wearing them loosely allows your feet to
move naturally. It also improves circulation. Back straps worn to tightly push
the feet forward, preventing them from resting naturally in the footbed.
Why do the soles
feel so firm? Is there a break in period?
Some people find Birkenstock's immediately comfortable. For others, it
takes a few hours a day for a week or two to break them in. Although the shoes
may feel rigid at times, remember that the firm support is essential for the
orthotic benefits of Birkenstock's. They will become more flexible with wear.
The uppers will become more supple and the footbed will adjust slightly to
your feet each time you wear them. If your feet are unaccustomed to the contoured footbed, start wearing them gradually. Wear your Birkenstock's no more than a few hours a day for the first few weeks.
What is the
difference between Narrow and Regular (widths)?
Birkenstock footwear comes in different widths. Most styles come in
Narrow and Regular. The Narrow fits Narrow to Medium width feet. The Regular
fits Medium to Wider width feet.
Will Birkenstock's make my feet spread?
Birkenstock shoes will not give your feet a new shape! Feet that have
been squeezed into traditional shoes may resume their original natural shape,
depending on the flexibility of your feet.
Birkenstock use only high quality materials, whether they are leather or
The leather used
for Birkenstock® uppers is thick but very supple. Natural leather has a
unique surface structure, which varies in its colour. No artificial dyes are
used to cover up these differences but leave them the way nature intended.
This way the leather retains its pores and its ability to breathe.
The microfiber used by Birkenstock® is a high quality material with a nubuck-like look. Microfiber is extremely durable and lightweight; it is easy to clean and
retains its colour. It is a very breathable material, which ensures a
skin-friendly environment for the foot. Microfiber is used both for uppers
and as a footbed liner.
used by Birkenstock® originates from the best European hides. Nubuck leather
is a full grain leather whose natural characteristics are enhanced by buffing
the top layer. This creates the velvety finish unique to nubuk leather.
The suede leather
is also extremely strong and supple and is, as all leathers used by
Birkenstock®, dyed rather than sprayed, allowing maximum breath-ability. The
natural differences in the surface texture are unavoidable and prove that
only genuine leather is used.
Birko Flor® Nubuck
This new material
has a leather-like surface texture, resembling nubuk and has the same
features as Birko Flor®.
Birko Flor® is a
material developed by Birkenstock® as an alternative to leather. Birko Flor®
is made of soft acrylic and poly amide felt fibers with a durable smooth
The leather used
for the Footprints® range is tanned using an economic and environmentally
friendly process without using synthetic dyes. This retains the pores of the
leather, which stays open and can breathe actively. Differences in colour and
scar patterns on the surface of the leather reflect the fact that the leather
is treated and preserved in its natural state.
All Birki clogs
are made of durable and waterproof polyurethane (PU). This is a very
versatile material and has some unique features. The materials low density
makes the clogs lightweight but provides high abrasion results. The PU
contains innumerable tiny bubbles, which acts as shock absorbents.
Polyurethane is produced using environmentally friendly processes, without
using the solvents OFC and FC. PU in a non-absorbent material, thus
preventing a build-up of bacteria. It also protects against acids and alkaline,
making the clogs suitable for laboratory or kitchen work.
buckles are all made in house by Birkenstock®. Each buckle receives multiple
powder-coatings or goes through a galvanizing process.