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There are dozens of knock-off companies that make replica Birkenstocks, and in some places sellers may try to pass off the replicas, telling you they are the real thing. In order to make sure you are getting authentic Birkenstocks, there are a few tips you can use to identify a fake.

  1. Inspect the box. Authentic Birkenstocks have a photograph of the actual shoe style on the outside of the box. You may also want to open up the box to make sure the shoe inside is the same shoe pictured on the box.
  2. Look for the foot-width stamp on the box and on your Birkenstock. Birkenstock marks their shoes with a special barefoot stamp to let customers know if the shoes are wide fit or narrow fit.
  3. Check for the Birkenstock logo on the sole of the shoe with the registered trademark symbol beside it. It will also say "Made in Germany" just below the logo. A fake shoe might misspell the name, or not include it at all, so make sure you check the spelling carefully.
  4. Be wary of web sites that offer our products at deep discounts, often more than 50% below our manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). If you are offered a Birkenstock shoe at a price that seems too good to be true, should raise a red flag. The only way to be absolutely sure that the item you are buying is a genuine Birkenstock is to buy from an authorized Birkenstock dealer, either online ( or at one of our retail partner.
  5. To protect yourself online, it’s important to be vigilant online and always be attentive to the web site you are visiting. Never give your personal information to a site you don’t trust. Carry out some research on the site before you commit to entering any information. Search for the site on Google or Wikipedia to see if other people have written about their experiences in using the site.