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INVENTOR OF THE FOOTBED

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Since 1774, we’ve been thinking of ways 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 characterized by throwaway products from low-wage economies, BIRKENSTOCK, with its premium-quality products, offers an alternative for all those who place value on functionality and quality.

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 BIRKENSTOCK models. Our 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 best leather) as we do when we process them. Our raw materials come from sustainable natural resources. Where possible, we source these materials in Europe.

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT

Since the formation of the BIRKENSTOCK Group at the end of 2012, Oliver Reichert has been the first CEO from outside the family to head the long-standing company. At first, he represented the Group together with Markus Bensberg, since 01 May 2021 as the sole CEO. Oliver Reichert is the engine and the driving force behind BIRKENSTOCK’s transition to become a global lifestyle brand, thereby laying the foundation for the company’s strong global growth.


 

THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR BRAND – TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES OF EXPERIENCE

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Trends come and go, but truly great things last forever. Take our classic sandals, for example. For millions of satisfied customers around the world, they are the epitome of wearer comfort. The success of BIRKENSTOCK is rooted in its commitment to the art of making orthopedically inspired shoes. Over the centuries, it has built up a wealth of experience that it has cultivated and passed down from one generation to the next.

As a family company in the sixth generation, we see things differently. We focus on what matters in everything we do. Every satisfied customer will come back and happily recommend us. We don’t even have to do that much – apart from looking after our products and the needs of our customers with tremendous passion and belief, of course. In this way, our company has grown healthily from one year to the next, maturing into one of the world’s best-known shoe brands. We’ve got nothing against smart advertising, but successful marketing always starts with a good product. This is something that is all too often forgotten these days.

5500

Employees around the world

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TOP 5

Global footwear brand

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Largest employer of
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New jobs in germany

WELL-BEING AS A PRINCIPLE

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We create products that make the lives of our customers better. At the heart of our products is our unique, anatomically shaped footbed. BIRKENSTOCK invented the footbed and has also shaped the meaning of the term “footbed,” which is so common today. The footbed is not only a unique, revolutionary product concept that paved the way for a completely new market. It’s also a core idea and a reference point for everything that we do. Now and in the future. Everyone should have access to our footbed.

BIRKENSTOCK products do what they promise. They are functional, well made, and durable. If cared for properly, they will last for years. The high level of quality is the result of carefully selected, high-quality materials from sustainable sources that are processed under what are for our brand typically demanding conditions. Our products promote well-being. They literally do good.