Shop Bennetts for Birkenstock sandals to fit the entire family. Birkenstock USA began over 40 years ago when founder, Margot Fraser, had a dream of sharing the comfort and health benefits of Birkenstock footwear. A few years earlier, while visiting a German resort, she had tried on her first pair and was extremely impressed at how good they felt. From there, Margot learned that the original Birkenstock contoured footbed was invented and manufactured in Germany by Konrad Birkenstock in 1897. In 1966, Margot began importing Birkenstock footwear from Germany in small amounts and thus Birkenstock USA was born.