In 1774, a German cobbler named Johann Birkenstock created the first pair of Birkenstock shoes, famously known today for their top-quality, eco-friendliness and sophisticated look. Johann, who was working as a shoe maker in the agricultural village of Langen-Bergheim, was the visionary and the creator, but it would be his grandson named Konrad Birkenstock who would turn a simple artisanal skill into a 230 year old tradition of shoe making. In 1897 he would invent the first contoured shoe last in order to create customized footwear for his clients. He was an inventor and footwear pioneer who introduced the customized foot bed insoles into the world. Konrad disregarded the conventional technique of making footwear and launched the curved soles that were highly comfortable, distinctive and well-crafted. It is when Konrad Birkenstock Junior joins the family business that the first factory in Friedberg is opened. The Birkenstocks, slowly but steadily, became ground breakers, masterminds of the contemporary shoe designs that never fail to amaze. The Blue Footbed was only a commencement. Many more designs and patents will follow, including the best-known Arizona and Gizeh sandal.
The distinctive, classic, two-strap styled shoe is called the Arizona sandal. It is Birkenstock's highest-selling model that in 2013 turned 40 years since it was firstly introduced into the world. With a chunky and thick cork base, buckled straps and flexible sole, this sandal was majorly favoured by the hippies. People say that if you weren't wearing the Arizona sandal, you weren't considered as a genuine hippie. Except from being well-known amongst the youths, this sandal also got the medical professionals' attention due to its beneficial traits. The famous Birkenstock foot bed features great arch support, a deep heel cup and a roomy toe box that moulds to the shape of the wearer's foot. The sole of the sandal is made by an extremely elastic material called EVA which is lightweight, durable and shock absorbing. Moreover, Birkenstock is also famous for its finest and patented materials that offer the wearer the ultimate comfort experience. One of those materials is the Birko-flor, a synthetic material that is comfortable and tear resistant. If you prefer the sleeker look, then definitely try the sandal that features Birkibuc material, made out of acrylic and polyamide felt fibres that offer textured finish.
If you are looking for a more sophisticated look, shop one of the models whose upper is made entirely out of different variations of leather, such as python leather, oiled, Amalfi, suede and antique leather. And you can find them all on Shuperb! At Shuperb, you can easily shop this historic sandal, available in a range of colours like black, dark brown, white, nubuck basalt, nubuck stone, or navy. Make a purchase and shop the Arizona sandal with glitter buckles that comes in black and silver, or the Arizona sandal in neon colours like pink, yellow and blue. On Shuperb, you can also find the unisex Arizona sandal, available in mocca brown, black, white, dark brown, nubuck stone and nubuck basalt. If you want to stand out in the crowd, try the colourful Arizona sandal in tropical design. When autumn comes and days become chillier, worry not because the Arizona shearling suede is here. The sandal features a durable suede leather while the foot bed is lined with genuine lamb shearling, offering warmth and comfort. If you want to be adventurous and chic, try the Arizona sandal in Persian textile that is super-cool, ultra-comfy and incredibly luxurious.
The Gizeh sandal is Birkenstock's most iconic thong sandal and one of the best-selling model at the market. Being super stylish and ultra-comfortable, this extraordinary model features toe post and adjustable buckle for perfect fit while it shapes to your feet in order to promote blood circulation and improve posture. The EVA sole makes this sandal lightweight, flexible, durable and shock absorbing, while the contoured foot bed adapts comfortably to your feet. Every model features a deep heel cup that promotes weight distribution and foot alignment. Perfect for any outfit, this remarkable thong sandal comes in various designs and colours. At Shuperb, you can find the Gizeh toe post sandals available in black, stone, patent pink, patent blue, cherry red, mocca, onyx grey pearl, graceful toffee and countless more. Furthermore, the upper of the sandal can be found in a range of materials such as Birko-flor, synthetic patent leathers, Birkibuc and other. Perfect for hot summer days or laid-back evenings. Wear them on the beach or while traveling. These sandals will help your feet breathe, feel comfy, and look stylish at the same time.
With their comfort, never-fading style and long tradition, the shoes have become a must-have. The shoes were described as comfortable, hippie, orthopaedic, but it wasn't until the 1990s that they were named fashionable as well. Since then, the shoes have been a part of many runway shoes including Calvin Klein, Mark Jacobs, Givenchy, J. Crew and many more. So now every time you would be wearing a pair of Birkenstock sandals, just remember that Leonardo DiCaprio, the Olsen twins, Julianne Moore, Cara Delevingne, Drew Barrymore, Candice Swanepoel, Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Rihanna … they all support your decision and your way of style.
So if you are hesitating about getting a pair, just think about their tradition, long history and the influence they have in the world of fashion. There is a sandal for every taste, and they come in a variety of colours, making this footwear perfect for shoe addicts. Not to mention the fact that they are all made from natural and renewable materials that insure longevity and comfort. What more can you ask for? Days will never be the same once you slip into these exquisite, remarkable and fascinating sandals that will turn heads. Wear them proudly knowing that you are a trend-setter who will never go out of style.