Birkenstock Shoes

Written by Jill Morrison
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Birkenstock shoes are unique and widely recognized. They have a contoured footbed, soles with extra shock absorbing properties, and long-lasting buckles. In addition, many components of the shoes may be repaired or replaced. Consequently, the brand often provides many years of use for a single pair of shoes.

History of Birkenstock Shoes

In Germany in 1897, Konrad Birkenstock developed the concept of a contoured insole for shoes. A few years later, he developed the first flexible arch support. The insole and arch support were incorporated into a sandal, with production beginning in 1964 and exportation to the United States beginning in 1966. The Arizona sandal was introduced in 1973 and became wildly popular nationwide. The product line expanded to 40 styles by 1985. Today, there are more than 400 styles for men, women, and children.

Birkenstock shoes are based on the concept of firm support. They feature a deep heel cup, arch support, and extra room for the toes. They encourage even weight distribution over the entire foot to improve posture and balance. The cork footbed flexes with the foot to provide maximum comfort.

A variety of footwear collections provide Birkenstock shoes to fit every occasion. The Classic line of sandals is the product that made Birkenstock famous. They remain the best sellers. The Footprints line offers shoes instead of sandals. The Tatami collection presents new, stylish, casual choices while the Papillio line consists of dressy shoes with the latest design trends. Birki's are the line of water resistant sandals. A synthetics line is also available for those who prefer non-leather shoes.

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