Birkenstock has agreed to sign a licensing contract with Unic, the Italian tanners’ association, to be able to continue to use the “real leather” trademark on the footbeds of its shoes, after Italian officials seized the goods on their way to the retail shops. As previously reported, HDS, the German shoe industry association, has threatened legal action against Unic over the issue, which has also affected other member companies. Declining to disclose the terms of the settlement, Birkenstock officials said they wanted to speed up shipments to the customers instead of waiting for the end of the legal procedure. Officials of Unic declined to say whether other shoe companies had acted in the same way.