Birkenstock manufacture sandals in Germany under the best conditions for their brand in their 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 a finished closed-toe BIRKENSTOCK model. 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. Birkenstock make just as few compromises when they source materials (cork, natural latex, copper, brass, wool felt and the best leather) as they do when we process them. Raw materials come from sustainable natural resources. Where possible, these materials are sourced in Europe.