The Birkenstock Sandal has a deep-rooted history within the footwear industry with the company being founded began back in 1774 by Johann Birkenstock. Although it was later in 1896 when Konrad Birkenstock created the anatomical footbed that has been honed and developed into the footbed we see in today’s Birkenstock’s. The contoured lining and footbed were crafted to be as close as possible in replicating the natural shape and support for the foot. The first pair of their classic ‘Arizona’ sandal was produced and sold in 1973 and is still produced and one of their best-selling styles to date.
Birkenstock have medical practitioners backing due to the research which they have done throughout their years into ensuring the foot is supported using the natural shape and allows the foot its natural dynamics during walking, without being confined by normal shoes. The comfort factor is also due to the materials used to make these designs. They use footbeds made from a cork-latex mix which is then lined with suede, and an EVA sole unit which provides shock absorption as well as being utilised for the arch support and heel cup of the shoes/sandals. These provide your feet with a comfortable, naturally supportive shoe and they also have their own unique style which amassed a loyal following.
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