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The Original Footbed

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 Structure

01 | FIRST LAYER OF JUTE

The first layer of jute forms the foundation of our footbed. It stabilises the natural cork and latex core. 


02 | CORK AND LATEX FOOTBED

The cork and latex footbed is the heart of all BIRKENSTOCK shoes. The shock-absorbing and highly flexible cork and latex core supports and relieves pressure on the feet. The natural materials insulate against the heat and cold and create a good foot climate. 


03 | SECOND LAYER OF JUTE

The second layer of jute is placed around the sides of the footbed. This increases the flexibility of the footbed and makes it significantly more durable. This layer of thick, absorbent jute helps to regulate moisture.


04 | SUEDE LINING

The suede lining absorbs moisture. This natural property of the high-quality top layer helps to ensure a pleasant foot climate.

OUR CLASSIC MODELS WITH THE ORIGINAL FOOTBED

THE SOFT FOOTBED

THE SOFT FOOTBED

05 | FOAM INSERT

The soft footbed is padded with an anatomically shaped foam insert. This insert contains millions of tiny air bubbles that help provide an especially comfortable experience.

OUR CLASSIC MODELS WITH THE SOFT FOOTBED

NATURAL CORK – A SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIAL

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 cork is obtained from the bark layer of the cork oak. At least five centimeters of thick bark is stripped from the cork oak – a process that, depending on weather conditions, can only be repeated every seven to nine years. A single tree can provide 100 to 200 kilograms of cork during its life. To ensure that the cork is hygienically clean, the bark that has been removed is cooked thoroughly in tanks. It is then cut into strips that will be used to punch the bottle corks.

PREMIUM MATERIALS

BIRKENSTOCK uses high-quality types of leather, carefully selected textiles and synthetic/blended fabrics to produce sandals and shoes. All materials are produced responsibly and continuously monitored to ensure they are kind to skin. Leather is one of the most robust natural materials used in traditional shoe manufacturing. BIRKENSTOCK uses very high-quality, especially thick, unsplit leather.

MAKE IT A COLOURFUL SUMMER

MAKE IT A COLOURFUL SUMMER

The comfortableness you know from BIRKENSTOCK combined with waterproof functionality so you can make this summer more colourful.

The comfortableness you know from Birkenstock combined with Waterproof functionality so you can make this summer more colourful.

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