Birki’s are cute, eco-friendly shoes made in Germany. They look like Birkenstocks, smell like Birkenstocks, but apparently are not Birkenstocks. Founded in Germany in 1993, by Stephan Birkenstock, who remains General Manager of the young family brand today, Birki’s feature that famous cork-latex footbed. Yet besides the founder’s name, nowhere on the website can one find reference to the more well-known Birkenstock company.
The company’s clever send-ups of the more granola Birkenstock styles feature various green attributes such as “100% chlorofluoro-carbon (CFC)-free water-based propellants” and cork harvested from Portuguese cork trees by hand, in order to “ensure care is given to both the precious tree and the premium bark.” Birki not only claims to use renewable energy sources wherever possible, they “create large ecological compensation areas for each and every building that we moved into. Today all of these compensation areas are officially designated nature reserves.”
Birki’s kids collection features cork sandals and cork clogs in an array of colorful, clever designs including the graffiti laden Guam (above), the floral Milli (middle) and the half and half animal Woodby (below).