In 1776, Johann Adam BIRKENSTOCK was registered as a “shoemaker” in the religious archives of the city of Langen-Bergheim, in Hesse, Germany. The legend around the BIRKENSTOCK family was then born. But it took more than a century for the brand of the anatomical sandal to emerge.

Only in 1896 Konrad BIRKENSTOCK, master shoemaker, and owner of two brand stores in Frankfurt, began manufacturing and selling flexible anatomical insoles.

The famous “footbed” soles were then born! 

And in 1963, the first pair of sandals with an ergonomic sole actually saw the light of day. The single-buckle “Madrid” model, still sold by the group was then launched.

It was only in 1966, Birkenstock is introduced in the U.S. market. In 2016, Birkenstock celebrates 50 years in the U.S.


The unique BIRKENSTOCK footbed ensures a correct, natural position of the foot and a natural rolling movement. Thanks to this part of footwear, BIRKENSTOCKs are so comfortable to wear, and you can walk with them on your feet all day. 

The brand attaches great importance to proper raw materials. For example, BIRKENSTOCK works with dyed leather only and uses high-quality natural raw materials for the footbed. It is made from materials such as cork, jute, natural latex, and wool felt.



The original BIRKENSTOCK footbed is the heart of all our models. While today it is synonymous with exceptional comfort, the word “footbed” was first used by BIRKENSTOCK in the 1930s to describe anatomically shaped inner soles with special support elements.

The original, iconic Birkenstock footbed is known for its high-quality natural materials: cork, latex and jute.