Quality and functionality are a product of experience and attention to detail. Established in Hamburg in 1885, Berkemann has now been engaging with problems, and more importantly developing solutions for footwear for more than 130 years. Just like our founder Heinrich Ad. Berkemann, we seek every day to “produce the right footwear in the best quality”. We work with carefully selected suppliers and raw materials, and now operate three of our own shoe factories in Hungary. Here, our shoemakers drew on their skill an and experience to produce shoe models that guarantee everyday comfort with soft leather, partial stretch inserts, removable footbeds and a whole host of other great features.Hand seams: skilled workmanship for flexibility and durabilityMany models in the Berkoflex line – the models with removable footbeds – still have a carefully handmade seam. Our shoemakers need c. 45 minutes per model to fix the letter upper to the outsole. Shoe models with hand seams are particularly flexible and durable. Absolutely worth the extra work.Leather: naturally soft and ecologically producedMost of our leather comes from premium Italian tanneries with which we have longstanding partnerships. The quality of the leather plus sustainability in production, for example with closed-loop water systems, in-house wastewater treatment, energy consumption and international certification, are the criteria by which we choose our leather suppliers. We want the best for all of us.Poplar: sustainable and ultra-lightweightThe poplar used by Berkemann is a natural, fast-growing and therefore highly sustainable raw material, and it comes from European forestry. Ultra-lightweight poplar guarantees easy and comfortable walking, and the toe grip function exercises builds up your muscles “step by step”. Plus: poplar keeps your feet warm when it’s cold, and pleasantly cool when it’s hot.Berkemann originals: the perfect wooden footwearBerkemann originals are icons of the shoemaker’s art and influenced at least one generation because these models with wooden soles, whose roots stretch back to the 1950s, are the core of the Berkemann brand. All wooden soles go through the entire production process from milling the blocks and sanding to gluing, grinding, finishing and sealing at Berkemann's own wooden sole production plant in Hungary. They are then turned into our iconic Berkemann originals with a whole lot of skill and attention to detail, for example the nails and screw in the Toeffler models that connect wooden sole and shaft.Great adjustment options: for a perfect fitEach human foot is unique. That is why most of our comfort shoe models have various adjustment options. These range from the standard lacing – our shoes also have a trendy zipper to make it even easier to step in and out of them – to straps with buckles and the handy Velcro fasteners for amazingly easy opening and closing.Stretch: immediately reduces pressure and rubbingThe comfort shoe models in the Berkemann Stretch line have partial stretch inserts as well as soft leather. The flexible stretch material relieves uncomfortable pressure on parts of the foot that rub or are in pain, for example as a result of corns, hammer toe, or hallux valgus. Various models tailored to these problems are available in the Berkemann range, with stretch inserts in the forefoot or side of the shoe, and now also models made entirely of this material.Made in Europe- Out of conviction and responsibilityWe have been producing our comfort shoe models in Hungary, the land of the shoemaker, for decades. We now operate a total of three production sites here. This is where our wooden soles are made from blocks of poplar from southern European forestry, and where leather from Italy is delivered and inspected before being punched or cut into the shapes our shoemakers need for the upper. Many of our soles are now also produced at our site in Zeulenroda in Thuringia, Germany, from water-based PU (polyurethane) on modern, German foam machines. In this way we ensure short transport routes within Europe and guarantee EU-compliant environmental and social standards.
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