The Birkenstock Company has a rich heritage in high quality shoemaking that reaches back over 230 years. Originally starting in 1774 with Johann Birkenstock it was nearly a century later when his grandson Konrad Birkenstock created the first ever contoured Birkenstock insole and a few years after that they premiered a flexible arch support cork footbed construction that both were used in shoes around the world. In 1964 Karl Birkenstock was the first in the family line to merge these world first innovations into the original Birkenstock sandal that launched them into a global household name. In the years since the iconic Birkenstock sandal has expanded into a collection of outdoors lifestyle footwear that also encompasses Birkenstock shoes, clogs and boots for all ages and genders in a range of styles perfect for everyone to wear on their travels and daily life. All Birkenstocks footwear uses premium, durable materials and construction methods that best protect the environment along with the latest proprietary technologies and fabrics for the most comfortable walking experience possible. At Blackleaf.com we are proud to stock the selections of Birkenstock shoes and sandals from the Birkenstock Classic collection for those that love the original; the Birkenstock Professional range for work environments and the ladies specific Papillio series along side the everyday models as well for every walk of life.