High-Quality materials for unforgettable comfort
BIRKENSTOCK uses only high-quality natural and synthetic materials and blends in the production of its sandals, clogs and shoes. All materials are subject to strict quality controls.
Of all materials, leather has the best properties for making shoes. This sustainable material is breathable, absorbent and pleasantly soft, so it adapts well to the shape of your foot. Leather is also very easy to process. It is very pliable, meaning it can be stretched, shaped and stitched. It can be made water-resistant by waterproofing it, while retaining its breathability. Leather is very robust and protects your feet when you wear clogs and closed shoes.
BIRKENSTOCK uses very high-quality, thick and unsplit leather. This leather is dyed thoroughly. This maintains the open-pored surface structure of the material. Thanks to a gentle production process the leather retains its positive natural properties.
A good alternative to leather are very fine textile materials – such as high-quality wool felt made from pure merino wool, which keeps feet nice and warm yet dry. Wool felt is not woven – instead, this textile fabric is made from unsorted fibrous material. The advantages of this natural material: It's sturdy, durable, and moisture- and heat-resistant – and it looks good, too.
But synthetic materials have their advantages as well – such as being easy to care for. The synthetic fibers that BIRKENSTOCK uses are also made from the finest raw materials. But BIRKENSTOCK quality not only feels good – it also provides an element of safety. To ensure that they do, BIRKENSTOCK products are subjected to production checks and regular tests by independent institutes.
Natural leather can be recognized by its untreated surface. Every piece of leather is unique. The material largely remains the way nature created it. BIRKENSTOCK purposely does not treat surface grains and other natural characteristics. This allows the material to retain its distinctive natural look. BIRKENSTOCK uses natural leather with a thickness of 2.8 to 3.2 millimeters as upper material.
Patent leather comprises various types of leather, including paint- and plastic-coated leather as well as oiled leather. Patent leather has a uniform and very fine grain surface. It is very durable and can easily stand up to external conditions. So if you take good care of them you will enjoy your patent leather shoes for a long time.
Suede is a general term for a type of leather that has been buffed on the inside. Suede, which is also known colloquially as buckskin, has a rough, fibrous, soft and therefore flexible surface. It is open-pored, so it is especially breathable.
Birko-Flor® is a high-quality synthetic material. The upper layer is made of easy-to-care-for PVC, which has been lined on the inside with a soft, breathable layer of fleece. Birko-Flor® is very gentle on the skin, and it's soft and comfortable while also being very durable. The material can be dyed a number of different colors.
Nubuck leather is a top-grain leather. It has a softly buffed surface with no grains. This makes it pleasantly soft. As with velvet, brushing the surface of nubuck leather displaces the fibers and leaves a visible mark. Because of its fine fibers nubuck leather is very sensitive to moisture and color, and it therefore needs to be waterproofed.
Thanks to a special final treatment process, this synthetic material has a surface that not only looks like nubuck leather, but also feels very similar to it as well.
Wool felt is among the oldest textiles in the world. It is a very high-quality natural fiber. Felt made from merino wool has many valuable properties: It is gentle on your skin, elastic, breathable, heat- and cold-insulating and provides a good foot climate.
Felt is a very thick material made from synthetic fibers. The felts used by BIRKENSTOCK are especially comfortable, breathable and soft to the touch. At the same time, they are very robust and highly durable.
Birko felt is made from a rayon blend and synthetic fibers. The extremely durable blended fabric is very breathable and gentle on the skin.