The True Story of the Birkenstock Lifetime Guarantee
We've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times, the classic question: "Does Birkenstock still have their lifetime guarantee?"
The answer is a resounding No. In fact, Birkenstock (the German shoe makers) has never offered a lifetime warranty on their shoes. The rumor most likely originates from the hundreds of thousands of happy Birkenstock customers who like to exclaim that their Birkenstocks have lasted forever. Well, with proper care and attention, your Birkenstocks could last forever! That is, if forever includes a few resoles and maybe some recrafts from your local shoe repair man.
We like to tell our customers how to take care of their Birkenstocks for optimal use and longevity. This includes tips like not leaving them in the extreme heat (the soles, made of EVA foam, will shrink) and not getting them wet (it dries out the cork).
A basic care routine for your Birks will help them at any time. Things like keeping the leather and cork clean, as well as sealing the cork regularly will increase the chances of your long term investment.
The number 1 product we recommend to Birkenstock wearers is cork sealer. Cork sealer is cork glue that keeps the cork glued together to prevent cracks or tears in your footbed. When applied every few months, the cork lasts longer and stays together, therefore allowing the shoe to stay in prime condition until a recraft is, eventually, needed.
For further information, feel free to read Birkenstock's care tips here.