31 Jan '17, 8pm

i always enjoy these features - Material Matters: Lost Soles - @snkrfrkrmag

i always enjoy these features - Material Matters: Lost Soles - @snkrfrkrmag

While all of those wild soles were turning heads, there were some folk who wanted the opposite – and brands kept on looking for the barefoot running feel. Nike’s Free sole split its foam into sections in 2004, with the aim of encouraging muscle development in a runner’s foot. The Air Max 360 came into play with the first full-length air unit in 2006 and was a huge success. In more recent years the innovation has been focussed on material properties, deep down on a chemical level. Nike’s bouncy Lunarlon soles are made by processing EVA into an advanced form of Phylon. New Balance and adidas have turned to proprietary technology developers to help develop new compounds – NB enlisting DuPont for Abzorb and adidas getting a helping hand from BASF for their extended TPU Boost foam . Although the focus on foam hasn’t stopped anyone from producing – how should we put this – inter...

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