A shoe company that traces its roots back to Johann Adam Birkenstock, a German shoemaker in 1774. In 1897, Johann's grandson, Konrad, developed the first contoured insole to be used by shoemakers in the production of custom-made footwear. In 1902, he invented the first flexible arch support and, by 1925, the Birkenstock Company was exporting its arch supports all over Europe. In 1964, Carl Birkenstock's son Karl designed the first Birkenstock sandal. Two years after, American Margot Fraser discovered the health benefits of the sandal while in Germany. Fraser brought the sandal back to California where she founded her company, the Birkenstock Footprint Sandals Inc. Today, there are more than 300 styles based on the original comfort icon concept.
   See also Footwear designer.

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  • Birkenstock — Birkenstock, Joh. Melch., Edler v. B., geb.[809] 1738 in Heiligenstadt im Eichsfelde; wurde in Wien. in der Staatskanzlei angestellt u. erwarb sich große Verdienste um das Schulwesen in Österreich; er wurde unter Joseph II. Mitglied der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Birkenstock — Birkenstock, Johann Melchior, Edler von, geb. 1738 zu Heiligenstadt auf dem Eichsfelde, seit 1763 in Wien in der Staatskanzlei angestellt, Hofrath, unter Maria Theresia, Joseph II. u. Leopold II. von großem Einfluß auf die Gestaltung des österr.… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Birkenstock — Ce nom allemand, rencontré notamment dans la Meuse, évoque le bouleau (Birke), le terme Stock signifiant baguette, mais aussi tronc, souche. Il pourrait s agir d un toponyme. A noter un lieu dit Birkenstuck à Haselbourg (57) …   Noms de famille

  • Birkenstock —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Johann Adam Birkenstock.  GIZEH Cuir Exquisite Noir Birkenstock est une marque de sandales et de chaussures allemande …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Birkenstock — UK [ˈbɜː(r)kənˌstɒk] / US [ˈbɜrkənˌstɑk] Word forms Birkenstock : singular Birkenstock plural Birkenstocks trademark a shoe known for being very comfortable. Birkenstocks have the reputation of being worn mostly by people who care for the… …   English dictionary

  • Birkenstock — /berr keuhn stok / Trademark. a brand of sandals. * * * …   Universalium

  • Birkenstock — Wohnstättenname für jemanden, der an einer Stelle siedelte, die zuvor mit Birken bestanden war (vgl. mhd. stoc »Baumstumpf«) …   Wörterbuch der deutschen familiennamen

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