Since 1774, we here at BIRKENSTOCK have been thinking of ways that we – the inventor of the footbed – can make the lives of our customers better and richer – with a good shoe for all situations in life. In an overwhelmingly price-driven consumer world dominated by cheap products from low-wage economies, BIRKENSTOCK, with its premium-quality products, offers an alternative for all those who place value on quality.
That’s why we manufacture our sandals in Germany under the best conditions for our brand in our own production facilities with an extensive amount of handwork. Depending on the model, a sandal undergoes up to 17 steps. It takes well over 100 highly skilled hand movements to make our finished closed-toe models. Closed-toe shoes are made in workshops in Portugal in accordance with the principles of a centuries-old tradition of hand craftsmanship.
Whether they are produced by hand or using industrial methods – all BIRKENSTOCK products meet the highest quality standards in the shoe industry anywhere in the world. We make just as few compromises when we source our materials – cork, natural latex, copper, brass, wool felt and the finest leather – as we do when we process them. Our raw materials come from sustainable natural resources. Where possible, we source these materials in Europe.