BIRKENSTOCK HISTORY & HERITAGE
At Birkenstock, tradition and heritage are important hallmarks of a brand that dates back not years or even decades, but centuries. Birkenstock is deeply rooted in the fine art of crafting premium quality shoes that are good for you. Since 1774, Birkenstock has passed this commitment down from one generation to the next. The result is the absolute best in quality, comfort and support.
1774 - THE BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Going all the way back to 1774, the church archives of Langen-Bergheim in Hesse lists Johann Adam Birkenstock as a "subject and cobbler."
1896 - THE FOOTBED TAKES ITS FIRST STEPS
Master cobbler Konrad Birkenstock opens his first two shoe shops in Frankfurt and starts selling footbed insoles.
1902 - THE FIRST COUNTOURED FOOTBED
Konrad Birkenstock develops the first contoured arch support.
1925 - INCREASING DEMAND
Thanks to the increasing success of his insoles, the "blue footbed" starts getting produced day and night at a newly opened facility in Friedberg, Germany
1932 - THEORY AND PRACTICE
Carl Birkenstock launches the Birkenstock training courses. This now become one of the most renowned podiatry courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The “Carl Birkenstock System” is endorsed by leading physicians and podiatrists.
1947 - THE CARL BIRKENSTOCK SYSTEM
The Carl Birkenstock System is published and becomes the best-selling podiatry textbook. Carl's theories about the 'natural gait' - foot print system and healthy footwear are introduced.
1963 - AN ICON IS BORN
Karl Birkenstock launches the Madrid model, the first-ever sandal with a cork and latex core footbed.
1988 - ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ADHESIVES
BIRKENSTOCK starts using eco-friendly adhesives in production - making it one of the first shoe manufacturers in the world to use water-soluble and solvent-free adhesives in mass-production processes.
1990 - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY
Production is expanded and modernized to reduce energy consumption by over 90%.
1991 - NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FAMILY
The Birkenstock family introduces Papillio and Betula to offer complementary and additional product group.
2009 - GORLITZ GROWS
A new and bigger footbed production facility becomes operational in Gorlitz, Germany.
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