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Today, we want to celebrate the first footwear model that became the foundation of who we are and what we do. Standing unchanged, timeless, and ever-stylish after almost six decades is the minimal and modern Madrid. The much-loved sandal was as widely and fervently accepted then, as it is now. Madrid was the first sandal we launched in 1963, and it encompassed everything we stand for: great craftsmanship, unparalleled comfort, and timeless style with utmost simplicity. Simple, yet everything but: our (and your) beloved Madrid is truly a class apart.

The BIRKENSTOCK Madrid: Function and FormInterestingly, Madrid was known as the ‘gymnastics sandal’ when it was first launched. Thanks to the unique design of the footbed, the toe reflex activates while walking, engaging the legs and calves with utmost comfort during the rolling motion of walking. This feature sets Madrid apart. Designed to feel like a natural footprint on sand, the footbed contours your feet perfectly. The deep heel cup supports the back of the foot, the transverse and longitudinal arch supports balance the middle curves, and the roomy toe box allows your toes to spread out comfortably and naturally. This ergonomic design relieves the pressure on your feet while activating your leg muscles at the same time, always making movement immensely comfortable.

The impeccable functionality of Madrid is perfectly complemented by the smart and minimal design. The single-strap sandals have an adjustable nickel-free metal pin buckle with a stamped BIRKENSTOCK logo. The single-prong buckle enables a custom fit. The sleek strap is strong enough to provide optimum grip and stability while exuding quiet sophistication and a contemporary aesthetic.

Madrid Variants and Styling Options

Regular Madrid: The classic and striking sandal is available in a plethora of color and material options. Take your pick from natural leather options in matte, glossy, or metallic finish in pops, neutrals, earthy, and monochrome color schemes. Pair the leather sandals for women and men with everyday casuals, Friday dressing, resort wear, etc.Madrid Big Buckle: The understated metal buckle is replaced with a big bold buckle in this variant. For a luxe appeal, opt for contrasting gold or silver buckles fixed against straps of jewel tones, bright/neutral colors, pastels, and more. For understated elegance, opt for sandals with color-coordinated buckles. Pair the single-strap slippers with resort wear, glamorous evening wear, weekend casuals with print-on-print styles, street style, etc.Madrid Vegan: The latest sandal design for girls is also available in a vegan variant. Opt from textile materials, Birko-Flor®, and nubuck leather sandals in a varied color palette. Wear them with anything and everything! EVA sandals are a water-friendly option, making them perfect for waterside activities.Madrid Shearling: Madrid is available in a shearling-lined variant to easily wear as winter sandals for ladies. Find it in oiled leather in pastels and jewel tones with a striking big buckle. Pair it with dressy winterwear, chunky knits, winter street style, etc.Our footwear journey began with Madrid, and we’d love to share the most cherished part of our craft and technique with you. Whether you’re a BIRKENSTOCK patron or yet to become one, we recommend that this is a sandal you must experience. Your elevated style and great foot health start right here with Madrid. Shop Now!