most of us hear the word “cork,” we think of bulletin boards, wine bottle
stoppers, or a county in Ireland. Did you know that many shoes also use cork in
their footbeds? Lightweight and form-fitting, cork provides a dynamic “bounce”
to your step because of its natural elasticity. Whether you’re already wearing
shoes with cork footbeds and can attest to their comfort or you’re wondering
why having cork in your shoes is such a big deal, let’s delve deeper into the
benefits of walking on cork.
What is cork?
natural cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak, which is found near the
Mediterranean. Cork is buoyant, elastic, and resistant to both water and fire.
One thing we love about cork is that its production is generally considered
environmentally-friendly. If the cork is harvested correctly, the tree it comes
from is not destroyed, and will eventually re-grow its bark. Cork is also
easily recyclable, and studies show that it leaves less of a carbon footprint
than alternative materials.
Why cork footbeds?
- Health: Cork has the
ability to mold to the shape of the foot, creating healthy walking support for
your feet. These orthopedic footbeds are designed to ensure proper weight
distribution, improving posture and balance. Cork footbeds are also naturally
elastic, which translates to less impact force and reduced joint stress.
- Comfort: Cork is both
lightweight and flexible, and as we discussed, it provides excellent shock
absorption. One of our brands, Finn Comfort, compares the experience of their
cork-infused footbeds to “walking barefoot in the sand.” Who doesn’t love that
- Odor Resistance: Cork
is also odor-resistant. Buying shoes with cork footbeds can help combat off-putting
smells because the material helps prevent moisture buildup, allowing your feet
to breathe. Never be embarrassed by foot odor again!
Which shoe brands use cork?
that you know all about shoes with cork footbeds, it’s time to try a pair!
Several of our brands have embraced the benefits of cork and are proud to use
it in their footbeds. We’re sure you’ll find a shoe with a cork footbed that is
perfect for you.
unique footbeds are made of cork, natural latex, and soft suede, and are designed
to pamper your foot. Naot shoes come from Israel, where Naot means “oasis,” and
they are sure to refresh and rejuvenate your tired feet. We offer a wide
selection of women’s shoes and sandals from Naot, and they all feature a
comfortable cork-based footbed.
you’ve ever wondered how Birkenstock shoes have been around since 1774 and
continue to rise in popularity, look no further than their footbeds. The longer
you wear a pair of Birkenstocks, the more their contoured footbed molds to your
foot, and the more comfortable the shoes become. Some Birkenstock styles even
offer a special Soft Footbed, which adds an extra layer of cushioning foam to
their already cozy Classic Footbed.
experts at Finn Comfort believe that luxurious comfort is all about the
details, and every aspect of their shoes is meticulously engineered for your
best walking experience. The healthy support offered by Finn Comfort shoes has
been touted by shoe lovers and health professionals the world over.
The next time you get the urge to buy a new pair
of shoes (which, if you love shoes as much as we do, will be soon!) try out the
comfort of a cork footbed. If you need a shoe that corrects posture, lasts
for years, and provides all day comfort, check out Naot, Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, or one of our other great brands that incorporates cork. The health
benefits alone make it a worthy purchase, and you’ll enjoy that “walking
barefoot in the sand” feeling all day long. It’s like a vacation for your feet!