At the heart of every Birkenstock is its anatomically shaped footbed. The concept of an anatomical footbed was first introduced by Birkenstock in the 1930s and was inspired by the natural imprint of a barefoot in sand. This anatomical shape promotes the natural walking motion of the foot assisting to protect the feet, joints and back.
Natural cork makes up 90% of the Classic Birkenstock footbed along with natural latex, jute fabric and suede lining.
Cork is a natural raw material derived from the bark of the cork oak. This bark regrows every 7-10 years after harvesting. In the manufacturing of footbeds, this cork is mixed with natural latex resulting in a light, flexible shell.
Cork has outstanding shock absorbing properties that relieve pressure from the soles of the foot by absorbing the impact and weight of the body. In addition, cork provides insulation from heat and cold, has the benefit of antibacterial properties and can quickly absorb and release moisture.
Suede is used in the top layer of the footbed. This lining is both soft and gentle on the skin. As it is open pored it has breathable qualities that make a comfortable climate underfoot. Jute fabric provides natural stability and also assists with moisture absorption, and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) soles brings durability and shock absorption.
Amongst the many varied styles on offer from Birkenstock are the Arizona, Boston and Gizeh. These are three of Birkenstocks most popular, Classic styles that continue to appeal to people of all ages. Offering extreme comfort, these sandals and clogs become increasingly comfortable as the footbeds adapt and flex to the wearers walking pattern. Whichever style you choose, in whatever upper, whether it be a leather, Birko-flor, wool or felt the footbed lays the foundation for Birkenstock comfort.
Here at Birkenstock Hahndorf, we are always surprising our valued customers with new, innovative and stylish new Birkenstocks so you can keep your footwear range fresh. Some of our newest arrivals include; the Birkenstock Arizona sandal in a Big Buckle design, the Birkenstock Seasonal Gizeh in Gold and multiple Birkenstock seasonal sandals in a range of striking colour palettes. If you like something a little different, check out our new suede leather range and our funky Classic Montana’s in khaki or cuoio shades.