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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 brain-wave of making practical sandals that followed the shape of the foot.

Rarely seen outside Germany until a designer named Margot Fraser spotted a pair at a health spa. She carted them off to America, where the orthopaedic 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.

Read the story behind the sandals here.