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Sustainability

concerns us all

With over 130 years of experience in the  production of high-quality footwear, we at Berkemann have always set high standards with regard to the quality of the basic materials we use as well as the  craftsmanship of our shoemakers in our own shoe factory in Kiskunfélegyháza, Hungary. For us, sustainability has  always meant that our quality shoes simply last longer than cheap disposable products due to the high-quality materials and the elaborate, handcrafted processing. And if something should break, our repair service offers the possibility to extend the life cycle of our shoes to manufacturer level.
But what else does sustainability mean  for us? Certainly, it also means long- standing, trusting business relationships with our selected European suppliers, which, in addition to constant quality control of incoming materials, form the basis for us to know what we use and where it comes from. We also rely on short transport routes within Europe and, wherever technically possible, use environmentally friendly or resource- saving production processes. For example, at our company site in Zeulenroda, Thuringia, we produce a large proportion of our required outsoles from water-based PU on modern machinery. In addition  to all the experience and tradition that such a long company history brings with it, we, like our company founder  Heinrich Ad. Berkemann, who in 1903 was responsible for the invention of the first industrially prefabricated insole, rely on innovative manufacturing processes or materials that are characterized by added comfort or sustainable, resource- saving approaches - yesterday, today and in the future, because the future of our planet moves us all.