The Complete Guide to Birkenstock

Franco Sandal by Birkenstock in navy

The Complete Guide to Birkenstock

The Birkenstock brand has longevity like no other, mainly due to their commitment to craftsmanship, comfort, and sustainability since the late 1700s. The brand is eco and sustainability conscious, expanding durability to reduce fast fashion. 


But the biggest reason Birkenstocks have sustained their popularity, is their unbeatable comfort. Nothing compares to a Birkenstock footbed. An innovator in design, each line features crafted footwear that molds to and supports your feet from heel to toe. 






After making footwear for nearly 250 years, Birkenstock knows how to take care of your feet.  Each element of the anatomically shaped cork footbed provides maximum support and even weight distribution for proper posture. The deep heel cup cradles the heel while the raised toe bar and shape of the footbed allows the toes to move naturally to promote balance & foot alignment.  Natural materials such as jute and suede wick away moisture, keeping your feet comfortable and dry.


The heart of all their styles is the original BIRKENSTOCK footbed. The construction, which has been thought out to the smallest detail, is meant to make you feel like you’re standing in sand. All to help your feet feel as comfortable as possible for hours on end as well as to support foot, ankle, and even hip health. 

The very deep molding in the heel area supports the foot tissue and holds the heel bone firmly in its natural position. This provides the foot with nearly as much support when it is in a sandal as when it is in a closed shoe. Additional features include: 

  • Interior And Exterior Longitudinal Arch Supports – Adds stability
  • Transverse Arch Support
  • Toe Grip – Support the rolling motion of the toes and allow them to lay in their natural position
  • Footbed Edgeprotects the toes during the rolling motion of the foot.




Birkenstock Arizona Iron

Birkenstocks are a classic go-to travel sandal, and for good reason. Each element of the anatomically shaped cork footbed provides maximum support and even weight distribution for proper posture. The deep heel cup cradles the heel while the footbed and strap design allows the toes to move naturally, promoting balance and foot alignment. Natural materials of this comfort sandal such as jute and suede wick away moisture, keeping your feet comfortable and dry even in temperate zones. Allow a few weeks of break-in for the cork footbed to mold to your foot. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes. 

Arizona EVA in Navy

The Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandal is modeled on the original Arizona, except made from ultra-lightweight and highly flexible EVA. Shock absorbing, waterproof, and skin-friendly for comfort wear for wet applications such as the beach or poolside. Not designed for all day wear like it’s cork companion.  Plus, this sandal floats so you won’t lose them if they fall in the lake!





For nights out or dressier events, try the Mayari or the Soley. With the same contoured footbed, arch support and toe grip full, both styles will keep your feet pain free for hours.


Birkenstock Mayari in Stone


Birkenstock’s Franco sandal, with oiled leather braided detail adds a boho chic flair to summer lunches or warm travels. As with all Birkenstocks, function is essential to form with a contoured cork-latex suede footbed for the ultimate in all-day support and comfort and flexible EVA sole. Shown here in Navy oiled leather.

Franco Sandal by Birkenstock in navy


A grown-up version of your old flip flops, the Mayari sandal features a single toe loop over a contoured cork-latex footbed and toe ridge and grip and a deep heel cup. Every element you will need to keep your feet not only comfortable, but more importantly, fully supported from heel to toe. 


Birkenstock Soley wedge


A classic wedge with all the features you expect from a Birkenstock.  The Soley is the perfect combination of style and comfort, high-quality, soft natural leather upper straps and all the design details Birkenstock is known for. This newer wedge silhouette maintains even weight distribution with no increased pressure in the forefoot by bringing the trusted technology of the Birkenstock contoured footbed to new heights. See below for actual results.


Birkenstock Pressurs Test Results


Read more: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Shoes for Travel





Birkenstock long ago expanded their offering beyond the classic cork bed sandal, here the Highwood is a mod style bootie that is extremely versatile and loaded with features. Inside, a premium Deep Blue footbed provides layers of support, with a moisture-wicking lining and PU base that optimizes natural walking motion of the foot. Plus, a natural rubber sole for added traction. Available in women’s styles and in several colors.


Birkenstock Highwood boot


The Ebba boot gives you a little height boost from its self contouring footbed on cork wedge base. Like the Soley sandal, the Ebba offers even weight distribution, relieving pressure from your forefoot for longer, more comfortable wear. This boot also features a microfiber lining, and side zipper closure. Shown here in Cognac, also available in black.


Birkenstock Ebba boot in Cognac




The BIRKENSTOCK Buckley is a moccasin-style clog with a unique integrated molded cork latex footbed for ultimate comfort and all day support. This version features a fully adjustable instep strap and EVA sole that provides additional cushioning. A more feminine take on an old classic.


Birkenstock Buckley in black


The Boston makes a boho chic statement in velvety suede or oiled leathers. Self-contouring footbed molds with wear Featuring an additional foam layer for cushioning for added comfort. All day support with an EVA sole .


Birkenstock Boston Suede





The Bend offers the comfort of the Arizona in a casual sneaker. A cork midsole and removable contoured cork footbed deliver a firm, responsive foundation for everyday adventures. The upper is made from smooth  leather . Available for both men & women.


Birkenstock Bend sneaker in white leather


Here, the BIRKENSTOCK Honnef, their newest everyday unisex shoe, is engineered completely around the Deep Blue footbed. The Deep Blue is a four part footbed that includes a moisture wicking microfiber liner, layered cork and jute for superior arch support, and a memory foam base for added shock absorption and forefoot cushioning. The Honnef upper is made of breathable, perforated suede.


Birkenstock Honnef light






Mary Janes are a classic style that wear well on and off the clock. The Mary Ring and Fanny Ring are Birkenstock’s take on this classic. While both styles feature a subtle slit at the front of the upper as well as delicate ring buckles, The Mary also has an ankle strap for added stability. Below, the Fanny Ring mule is shown in black, and the Mary Ring is shown in cognac. 


Birkenstock Mary Ring in cognac




Birkenstock Fanny Ring leather in black













With an expanded collection for every footwear need, Birkenstock is not just for comfortable sandals anymore. If you’re interested in learning more about Birkenstock styles and features, be sure to Shop Now below or stop in to Peterson Shoes in Downtown Anoka to try a pair on. We are always happy to help you find the perfect shoe for your unique needs.


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