50 minute docu on the not very pretty but functional and good-for-feet orthopedic Birkenstock sandals, which came out of West Germany in the 1960‘s.
The brand traces its roots to Johann Adam Birkenstock, registered in 1774 as a “vassal and shoemaker” in the small Hessian village of Langen-Bergheim. In 1896, Johann’s great-great-grandson Konrad Birkenstock developed the first contoured insole for use by shoemakers in the production of custom footwear. Also in the year 1896 Karl opened two shoe stores in Frankfurt, where he continued to make and sell his insoles. 1902 saw the development of the first flexible arch-support for insertion into factory-made shoes; and in 1964, Karl Birkenstock developed these inserts into a shoe — thus producing the original prototype of the Birkenstock sandal. In 1925 Konrad Birkenstock expanded the company by buying a large factory in Friedberg, Hessen. After World War II (1939–1945) the Birkenstock sandal was popular among returning soldiers because of the orthopedic support. Starting in 1963 and continuing into 1964 Karl Birkenstock released his first athletic sandal with a flexible footbed called Madrid. It soon became popular, especially among gymnasts.
The footbed of the Birkenstock shoe was created in the 1930s and possesses four different layers that complete the shoes. The first layer of the shoe is the shock absorbent sole, followed by two layers of jute fibers, and a firm corked footbed. The last layer is the footbed line which is a soft suede.
People of Germany: Martin Bergmann (born Feb 15, 1983 near Munich) is a German model and TV personality, best known for his Lanvin ads in Europe and Asia. He has modeled for Chanel, Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo, Theory, Guess, Gucci, Sisley, and Henry Cotton’s. He is signed to NEXT in the USA, MGM Marilyn in France, Modelwerk in Germany, Fashion in Italy, Elite in Sweden, Elite in Denmark, Bravo Models in Japan, FORD in Brazil, and METRO Models in Switzerland.
People of Germany: Claudia Schiffer (born 25 Aug 1970) is a German model, actress, and fashion designer. She rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the world’s most successful models. In her early career, she was compared to the French actress Brigitte Bardot. She has appeared on more than one thousand magazine covers, holding the record for the model with the most covers, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2002, Forbes estimated her net worth to be around US$55 million.
She was born in Rheinberg, a small town 15 km from Duisburg to Gudrun and Heinz Schiffer, a lawyer. She is fluent in 3 languages – German, English, and French.