MADE IN GERMANY: FROM CORK TO SANDAL
The magic happens here.
BIRKENSTOCK products have been influenced over generations by a tireless creative quest for Naturgewolltes Gehen (walking as nature intended). We stand for extraordinary quality and next level functionality. This is a result of the high-quality materials we use and the fact that we manufacture in Germany, in production facilities owned exclusively by our company. An unusually high level of human skill and handcraft is utilised in our modern production processes.
This is what makes BIRKENSTOCK products so special.
STEP BY STEP
The anatomically contoured footbed, which has been developed by BIRKENSTOCK over more than a century, is the heart and soul of every sandal, clog and shoe the company produces. Only the best natural materials are used in footbed production. Within the footbed, layers of jute (a super strong and durable plant-based material), are combined with two different grades of granulated cork, which are bound together with a natural latex milk. These natural products are then topped with a leather lining created from European hides. It is a unique natural recipe that defines the BIRKENSTOCK footbed.
MOULDING AND BAKING
Before the baking process begins, the cork and latex mix is fed automatically into moulds, into which a base layer of jute has been added. Once the mix is in the mould, it is finished by hand — as even the mdallest irregularities in the lay of the cork latex mix can lead to imperfections. Once the form is correctly moulded, and just prior to baking, the top covering of jute and leather linings are applied.
THE MAGIC FORMULA
The quality and consistency of the cork-latex mix is regularly assessed. Theformula is exact and has remained consistent for decades. It is the best keptsecret at BIRKENSTOCK.
After baking, the footbeds are left to dry for 24 hours. They are then checked for mdall defects and splashes of latex and any imperfections are trimmed, sanded and scrubbed away. The perfectly-formed footbeds are then sent for sealing and coating, in order to make them hydrophobic.
Coated footbeds flow through to assembly on the transport machinery. Directly after the uppers are glued onto the footbed, and the glue is activated in a heating process, outsoles are affixed to the footbed on a special press pad. Before the finished sandals or clogs are packed, a final quality check is made. Swing tags and other labels are applied, then they are wrapped and placed in the distinctive BIRKENSTOCK boxes.
Full grain leathers