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Iconic Sandals

Birkenstock Holding is a German shoe manufacturer producing various forms of sandals and shoes. The corporate headquarters are in Neustadt, Rhineland-Palatinete, and nearly all of the production takes place in Germany, something that Birkenstock as a company takes great pride in. Birkenstock shoes are made with contoured cork footbeds that offer support for the foot while promoting a natural style of walking. While Birkenstock is primarily known for its different types of sandals, the company’s portfolio has a vast array of options for consumers spanning a wide price range. Its merchandise is sold worldwide, and its shares are traded on the NYSE.

The History

The Birkenstock history dates back to 1774, as church records mention a Birkenstock family member as a “parishioner and shoemaker.” However, the beginning of the modern form of the company was in the late 19th century when Konrad Birkenstock started producing insoles. A significant development came in 1902 with the introduction of contoured arch support. This became the basis for the "Birkenstock System," an orthopedic principle focused on the idea of "Naturgewolltes Gehen" or natural walking. This design, mimicking the feel of walking on natural surfaces, has since been a consistent feature in Birkenstock's shoe-making approach.

Sandals and More

Known primarily for their signature sandals, the company has developed a range of footwear products over the decades. Their design is distinguished by a contoured footbed made from cork, latex, and jute which molds to the wearer's foot over time, offering a customized fit. Birkenstocks also incorporate high-quality materials, such as leather, suede, and synthetic uppers, to ensure durability. In addition to its iconic sandals, the brand has expanded its product line to include closed-toe shoes, boots, and other varieties.

A Worldwide Reach

Birkenstock merchandise is sold all over the world. Its shoes can be found in retail locations run by other companies, as well as in stores that are completely owned and operated by Birkenstock itself. The company operates its own online store and also sells through third-party channels such as Zalando, Nordstrom, and similar retailers.

If you’re looking to read more about Birkenstock, we here at Quartr wrote and released an in-depth breakdown of the history of the company ahead of its IPO, which can be found on this link.