Birkenstock is one of the oldest brands we stock, dating back to 1774. This lot originally started out making orthopaedic footbeds until 1963, when footwear prodigy Karl Birkenstock had the ingenious brainwave of making practical sandals that followed the shape of the foot. Rarely seen outside Germany, these time-honoured shapes were spotted at a health spa by a designer named Margot Fraser. She carted them off to America, where the ergonomic sole and relaxed style made it a standout hit at blowouts and protests. Today Birkenstock continues to stick to the original ethos, making dangerously comfortable footwear with a timeless quality. A firm Oi Polloi favourite.
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