At nearly 250 years old (with Johann Adam Birkenstock listed as a shoemaker in the 1774 Langenberg church records), Birkenstock ranks as the oldest brand we offer at Cloggs, and with a history that length, you know they must have lasted this long for a reason! Around the turn of the 20th Century, Konrad Birkenstock began producing the first contoured insoles, designed to offer a more natural fit to the human foot. The insole was designed around the foot’s natural form to allow for a greater freedom of movement while still offering all-round support, with weight distributed evenly across the shoe.
The effect was no less that revelatory, and by 1925, the insoles were being exported all across Europe. The company's growth has continued unabated since then, with the firm becoming a leader in mass-market orthopedic insoles. Then, in 1964, came the moment that truly changed Birkenstock's destiny. Carl Birkenstock (Johann's great great grandson) developed the Birkenstock insole directly into a sandal, and since then it has gone on to be implanted into various different
designs. Since then, Birkenstock sandals have become one of the world's most recogniseable and ubiquitous items of footwear, with the simple designs and minimalist colour palettes perfectly complemented the brand's famous dedication to comfort.
Similarly to another of Cloggs' best selling brands FitFlop, "Birks" (as they're affectionately known) have transcended their original purpose of being a super comfortable footwear option and become a fashion statement in their own right. Now, as the company nears its 250th anniversary, its products have never been as popular or as cutting edge. Famous Birkenstock fans include Leighton Meester, Miranda Kerr and Julianne Moore.
Here at Cloggs, we stock all the best loved styles of Birkenstocks in order to allow you to pick the style best suited to your overall style and your wardrobe! These include the Arizona. a classic double strap design, and the Gizeh. which features a toe post thong strap. We stock a huge range of Birkenstocks for women. men and kids. and in a fantastic range of colours, including the perennially popular black and white.