Expanded Outdoor Trekking Collection Reaffirms Birki's Commitment

Birki’s (www.birki.us) footwear, a leading German manufacturer known for its authentic comfort heritage, is reinforcing its focus on the outdoor consumer for Fall 2013 with expanded Outdoor Trekking and slip-on collections.
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EXPANDED OUTDOOR TREKKING AND SLIP-ON COLLECTIONS REAFFIRM
BIRKI’S COMMITMENT TO OUTDOOR CONSUMERS FOR FALL 2013

Authentic Brand Combines Performance Features, Dynamic Footbed and Active Recovery™ With a Nod to Style

NOVATO, Calif. (January 23, 2012) – Birki’s (www.birki.us) footwear, a leading German manufacturer known for its authentic comfort heritage, is reinforcing its focus on the outdoor consumer for Fall 2013 with expanded Outdoor Trekking and slip-on collections. The line features Birki’s proprietary Dynamic Footbed, part of the brand’s Active Recovery System™, enabling outdoor enthusiasts to quickly recover from their activities. In addition to the Outdoor Trekking collection, Fall 2013 incorporates a mix of textures and colors in the new suede Sailors, felt Provence, and the two-tone slip-on Skippers in plaid -- a nod to the casual sophistication of Birki’s. The line will be at retail in August at retailers such as Footwise, Happy Feet Plus and Instep, and on www.birki.us.

“Fall 2013 unites our classic Birki’s performance comfort heritage with modern style in footwear engineered for today’s outdoor devotee,” said Bill Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing for Birki’s. “Birki’s hallmark five-layer cork footbed is in all of our products, but our Dynamic Footbed raises the bar significantly in terms of comfort. We have not only incorporated performance details, but also, are infusing the line with rich fabrications and fresh colors that resonate with a younger consumer.”

Birki’s Dynamic Footbed consists of a midsole layer of viscoelastic “memory foam” that stabilizes the foot, for maximum shock absorption and pressure distribution. The result is a cushion-like, lasting comfort that protects feet during physical activity.

Birki’s footbeds are part of the brand’s Active Recovery System, enabling the body to enjoy immediate and lasting benefits from components such as: toe grips that improve blood circulation and exercise the foot; arch supports and a neutral footbed for secure proper alignment; and, a deep heel cup for stability and protection of the heel pad.

Birki’s products are eco-friendly, with a focus on responsible production, maximizing resources and minimizing waste. From solvent-free production to use of solar and recycled energy to creating biological communities, the company’s commitment to the environment is far reaching.

Part of the expanded Outdoor Trekking collection, the Kay and Montserrat Mesh are rugged clogs with a textile mesh upper in bold orange, army green and striking silver. The Kay has a smooth Birko-Flor lining on the upper for best-in-class comfort and breathability while the Montserrat features protective suede and quick lacing for ultimate fit. Available for men and women, prices start at MSRP $124.95-144.95.

The Sailor for men and women is a casual ¾ slip-on shoe with a suede upper, matching lacing and a cream EVA outsole for grip and traction. Colors include: bordeaux, smoke blue, cocoa and sand. Suggested retail: $144.95.

The Classic Skipper is a winter version of Birki’s Classic Skipper, featuring a two-tone hybrid design construction with a textile plaid upper combined with solid Birkibuc (Birki's equivalent of Nubuc). Colors include mocha, navy and stone. Available for men and women, prices start at suggested retail $144.95.

The Felt Provence is a cozy ¾ slip-on featuring a soft Birko-flor felt upper with a colorful design construction. Available for women in lilac and gray. Suggested retail is $99.95.

As an active lifestyle brand, Birki’s salutes those who explore and seek authentic experiences. That's why it is partnering with the American Park Network’s Oh Ranger! National parks guide, utilizing its vivid lifestyle imagery in the brand’s 2013 consumer catalogs and online.

About Birki’s: Birki's is a recognized leader in manufacturing quality, comfortable footwear for any professional or active leisure time occasion. An independent company distributed through L+L Logic and Logistics LP, Birki's are quality shoes made in Germany, utilizing centuries of Birkenstock family traditions, research and development. With world headquarters in Vettelschoss, Germany and U.S. headquarters in Novato, CA, Birki's are sold through retailers and wholesalers in more than 85 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Europe.
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