The best way to determine if a Birkenstock shoe is genuine is to purchase through an authorized Birkenstock retailer, according to Birkenstock USA. A list of authorized Birkenstock retailers can be found on the Birkenstock USA website.
Counterfeit Birkenstock shoes are very prevalent online, explains Birkenstock USA. When considering a purchase of Birkenstocks, be sure to verify if the retailer is authorized. The company also recommends checking for simple warning signs when purchasing online. Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and dramatically low pricing are clear signs that the retailer is not a legitimate and authorized source of Birkenstock goods. To further minimize the risk, always ensure that any online retailer supplies valid contact information and offers a return policy. Using an up-to-date Internet browser further protects you, by offering warnings if you navigate to a suspicious website.
Genuine Birkenstock shoes are made from high-quality and ethically sourced materials. Counterfeit versions are made with lower-grade materials and construction. Due to poor materials and construction, the counterfeit shoes do not offer the same level of comfort and durability. If a price or deal seems too good to be true, it most likely is a counterfeit or stolen good. If you purchase a counterfeit good, contact the company to report the incident.