Birkenstock Guide

Birkenstocks are one of the biggest selling sandals in the world, leading to their iconic designs and worldwide notability. Birks began with humble beginnings with Johann Adam Birkenstock working as a local shoemaker in a small village in Germany in 1774. A century later, the first contoured sole was developed, and arch-support was developed some years later.

In the 1980s their cork footbeds made their mark in America where they became the recommended shoes for everyone who spends their day on their feet. Recently, Birkenstocks have hit fashion heights as well as being the number one practical choice, so we’ve created a short guide to choosing the perfect pair.


The Arizona is the iconic pair of Birkenstocks that originally caught the attention of the 80s American market. We can see why these caught the attention of such a large market; with their cork and latex footbed and shock absorbing EVA sole. The classic two strap style is made from a variety of uppers including a synthetic material called Birko, nubuck leather, EVA and smooth or oiled leather for a variety of style choices, and are designed for men and women. The comfortable fit and soft yet shaped footbed is ideal for walking, but still portrays effortless style.


As a ladies only style, the Madrid is a single strap design built onto the classic Birkenstock footbed and sole. The single strap features an adjustable, branded buckle for the perfect fit, and remains a top seller for the brand. As another timeless design from Birkenstock, we can’t see these heading out of style any time soon.


Birkenstock’s Gizeh feature a thong style design built to go between your toes. The adjustable strap again means these sandals have been crafted to fit perfectly, and is complete with the classic Birkenstock footbed. Gizehs are easy to dress up and down, and are an ideal choice for summer holidays.


The Mayari is another sandal ideal for dressing up and down, looking great with both skinny jeans or a dress. The svelte appearance and simple design again features adjustable straps and the iconic footbed for a comfortable fit, and the crossover toe adds an extra hint of style.

Here at Blackleaf, we’ve handpicked a fantastic range of different styles for men and women. Whether you’re looking for a classic Arizona in a neutral colour, some bright EVA Gizehs or pearl Mayaris, we’ve got your ideal pair in stock.

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