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The BIRKENSTOCK Difference

Everybody wants to feel good in their footwear. BIRKENSTOCK, understand the need to not only feel good in your shoes, but feel good knowing they are made ethically and sustainably. That’s the BIRKENSTOCK difference. They know that you spend much of your waking life in motion. That’s why they place great value in the highest quality, both when selecting our materials and when crafting our products. Here’s how BIRKENSTOCK can make the difference to how you feel in your footwear:

BIRKENSTOCK makes your feet feel good

Since 1774, the original BIRKENSTOCK footbed has offered the ultimate comfort by moulding to your foot shape. When your individual foot’s anatomy is supported during each step, you’ll feel the effect throughout your entire body. The result: Relief for your feet, knees and hips, a more relaxed and straighter back and feet that stay healthy, allowing you to feel truly good.

BIRKENSTOCK pride themselves on understanding anatomy and the perfec fit this includes:

  • Freedom to move with stability
  • Perfect size (not to big or small)
  • Just the right width 

BIRKENSTOCK makes you feel good about the environment

BIRKENSTOCK understand that protection of natural resources is paramount. They work to improve production processes, products, packaging and logistics. Thanks to their durability, their products are sustainable. BIRKENSTOCK was one of the first shoe manufacturers in the world to use water-soluble and solvent-free adhesives almost exclusively in its production. In recent years, they have reduced the proportion of adhesives that contain solvents. The adhesives usedare water-based, reducing the strain on the environment and also creating better working conditions.

Sustainable products

One of the most important raw materials, the cork layer of BIRKENSTOCK, is sourced from trees that are harvested multiple times , every 7 to 9 years. This is done without causing harm to the tree.

  • Natural and sustainable
  • Boasts high elasticity and outstanding cushioning
  • Excellent heat and sound insulation
  • Sourced from Portugal (49.6% comes from Portugal)

BIRKENSTOCK’S other materials are all sourced ethically and sustainably, including leathers, suede, felt (made from merino wool), latex, jute and microfibers. They also use biodegradable materials, such as polyurethane. For those looking for animal-free products, they have their own proprietary synthetic material Birko-Flor®. Made of the best materials, it stands out for its high quality: gentle on the skin, tear-proof and easy to care for. Thanks to the gentle production process, the materials retain their positive natural qualities.

High quality premium materials

BIRKENSTOCK have passion for their products, an appreciation of their heritage and a genuine belief in the benefit of their footwear. The enhanced technology and sophisticated recycling all work together to maintain the environment for future generations.

BIRKENSTOCK deeply dye and permeate their leathers, instead of covering it up. This allows it to keep all of its valuable, natural properties, such as breathability, longevity and durability.