No Lovefest At Birkenstock

A labor dispute rips the family company as the sons step into the patriarch's shoes

No shoe makes more of a political statement than the Birkenstock, the comfortable, German-made sandal with the clunky sole. Hippies popularized it in the U.S., while German Greens are still recognizable by their Birkenstocks-and-socks. A pair of Birks--which can cost up to $110--radiates a liberal image.

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