Buying a pair of the famously comfortable Birkenstock Clog shoes is a purchase that your feet will thank you for. Family-owned and operated, the German company Birkenstock has plenty of experience when it comes to making shoes and clogs. For the last 230 years, the secrets of shoe-making have been passed between generations of the Birkenstock family.
In 1774, the Birkenstock tradition was born, with Johann Birkenstock crafting his first shoes. His grandson Konrad adapted the original shoe and designed the first pair of Birkenstocks with the contoured inner sole that the Birkenstock brand is now globally famous for. The contoured sole means that these unique shoes mold to the wearers feet, offering exceptional comfort and support.
In Germany, Birkenstocks are mostly used as house slippers, but in other parts of the world they have gained tremendous popularity as work shoes. Professionals, including doctors and chefs, who spend most of the day on their feet, celebrate Birkenstocks as instant relief for aching legs. The Birkenstock tradition has also been accepted in the high fashion arena, principally due to the support of celebrities including Heidi Klum, who now designs footwear for Birkenstock.
The Birkenstock family has a simple shoe-making philosophy: to use nature as a guide in order to promote and preserve the natural role of the feet. In addition to looking towards nature for shoe-making inspiration, Birkenstock is also passionately committed to protecting the environment. Birkenstock was one of the first companies to use water-soluble and solvent-free adhesives in commercial shoe production and today more than 95% of the adhesives used by the company are environmentally friendly.
Birkenstock has also invested significant time and resources to ensure that their production machinery is “green" – the machinery used by the company is specially designed to consume less power and produce less heat. Birkenstock also offer their customers a comprehensive repair service for well-loved shoes; this is not only a customer service policy but a determined move to reduce the amount of waste our throw-away society produces annually.
Birkenstock Clogs are worn proudly by a loyal band of followers. The company is dedicated to moving with the times and fashion, but has also continued to produce footwear that has been consistently popular. The Birkenstock Boston Clog is particularly popular. With a fully enclosed front, this slip-on clog is available in a range of leather or suede leather uppers and is very popular with men. Another firm favorite is the moccasin-style Birkenstock Eaton Clog, which has a strap across the forefoot with randomly-sized holes, giving the clog great personality.
In response to customer demand, Birkenstock now manufacture a range of clogs whose uppers are made from plastic. The Birkenstock Chef Clog Shoes range includes a steel cap and is worn by chefs the world over for protection and round-the-clock comfort. Birkenstock Garden Clogs are similarly styled, but are intended for use in the garden. Both shoes are water and oil resistant and can be easily cleaned.
Although Birkenstock prides itself on responding to the suggestions of its customers, the family is determined never to compromise on build quality and end-user comfort. The unique styling of the Birkenstock Clog has ensured hundreds of thousands of people walk in the way nature intended.
Dave Pickard is a great fan of the Birkenstock Clog range having written recent reviews about the Birkenstock Garden Clog and Birkenstock Chef Clog Shoes .