Along with a cushioned, crazy comfortable footbed, and effortless, slip-on slip-off design, every pair of Birkenstock shoes has nearly three hundred years of history built in. The company’s origins have been traced back to an eighteenth-century German “vassal and shoemaker” named Johann Adam Birkenstock, who crafted leather sandals for a living before passing the technique down through his family. But it was the version his grandson Konrad created—specially made to conform to the foot’s contours—that hit stateside in 1967, after an American tourist named Margot Fraser discovered the line while on vacation. Over the following decades, styles like the Birkenstock Arizona sandals and Boston clogs have proved enduringly popular, seamlessly transitioning from the go-to accessory of ‘60s hippies, to a grungy '90s-era staple, to, most recently, one of the most frequently spotted shoes on street style blogs.
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