We are in a celebratory mood: our iconic sandal, the minimal and ground-breaking Madrid, turns 60 this year. Launched in 1963, the iconic BIRKENSTOCK Madrid marked our first step in our journey of timeless, comfortable sandals for the world. Today, the original sandal is available in five variants, and over 40 options, including the regular, big buckle, EVA, shearling, and vegan versions.
BIRKENSTOCK Madrid: The Origin
The footbed has always been at the heart of BIRKENSTOCK. Building on the revolutionary anatomically shaped insoles, Karl Birkenstock focused on developing footwear that would enable a ‘natural gait.’ The result was Madrid, a simple, gender-neutral sandal inspired by functional, brutalist architecture.
BIRKENSTOCK Madrid was the first of its kind in design and function. The ‘gymnastics sandal’ was a bold move with its timeless, ageless, and genderless appeal at a time when these qualities were far from mainstream discussion. For 60 years, Madrid has remained unchanged and has become an integral part of people’s everyday lives.
To celebrate Madrid’s 60th birthday, we have curated an anniversary collection that celebrates heritage and modernity with limited-edition sandals. Discover the iconic Madrid in its original style and other variants here:
BIRKENSTOCK Madrid Style Guide
Madrid 1963: Nothing beats a classic. The anniversary collection features a Madrid sandal that mimics the first-ever sandal to be launched by BIRKENSTOCK in 1963. The traditional slip-on sandals feature a single strap with a metallic adjustable metal pin buckle. The grained natural leather sandals in emerald green have a distinctly retro flair. The sandals come with a matching pair of socks. Also, find these best sandals for women in a vintage Pigalle shade. Get your hands on the limited-edition sandals till stock lasts.Madrid: The eternally stylish sandals for women, BIRKENSTOCK Madrid, are must-haves for every fashionista. The slip-on sandals feature a single strap upper that makes a sleek, minimal design. The adjustable buckle closure enables a custom fit. To add a bit of quirky glam to your ensembles, we recommend the mud green variant with a shiny python skin texture. The microfiber sandal can elevate your everyday looks, and easily take you from a day-to-night look.Madrid Big Buckle: For extra oomph and femininity, opt for BIRKENSTOCK Madrid big buckle sandals. The understated single-strap design accompanies a big metal adjustable pin buckle that adds bold contrast. The black oiled leather sandal is lined with a Nappa leather footbed and a color-coordinated outsole that completes the sandal with just the touch of sophistication.Madrid Vegan: For all the vegans out there, the versatile Birkenstock Madrid is also available in a variant made without using any animal derivatives. The single-strap slipper with an adjustable pin buckle is made using Birko-Flor® nubuck leather. The sandal is devoid of any animal products, as verified by independent testing laboratories. Designed for style and comfort, women’s sandals like this pecan-colored Madrid variant are shoe rack staples.Madrid High Shine: Designed for women with a penchant for bold, maximal looks, BIRKENSTOCK Madrid high-shine sandals are chic and audacious in equal parts. The bright tomato red single-strap sandals come with a big color-coordinated adjustable buckle, leather-lined footbed, and outsole. Women’s shoe racks are in for a versatile and stylish accessory with these patent-finished natural leather sandals.
Revel in the iconic style and unparalleled comfort of BIRKENSTOCK Madrid. Celebrate its rich history, contemporary elegance, and timeless function fused with the charm of your personal style. Happy shopping!