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Outsoles

It’s all just a question of traction: what outsoles need to deliver

When deciding on a shoe, it’s key to not only consider a shoe’s performance and fit, but also its outsole. The right sole determines whether you stay safe, comfortable and in good spirits when you’re on your adventure. Different terrains and activities demand appropriate tread designs and outsole construction.

We distinguish between the following categories at VAUDE:

Trekking soles

These are outsoles that are stable but not too stiff, allow you to walk comfortably for longer stretches and, more importantly, without getting tired. Profile lugs and flex grooves as well as a cushioning midsole between the outsole and upper have been specifically designed for the demands of trekking.

VD TREK

Profile studs and tread design specifically developed for trekking

1 Biomechanically arranged flex grooves ensure trekking-specific roll-through

2 Lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA midsole for optimum comfort and support

3 V-Pad: ergonomic heel design for shock absorption on heel strike, supports biomechanically correct foot roll

VIBRAM FUGA

Tread lugs adapt to unpredictable terrain, providing optimum traction and grip

1 Biomechanically arranged flex grooves ensure trekking-specific roll-through

2 Lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA midsole for optimum comfort and support

3 Robust Vibram® Megagrip rubber compound provides excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces

4 Heel design improves ground contact and stability

Vibram® Predator II

1 Toe and forefoot area with flat contact zone for perfect traction on rocky surfaces

The tread lugs adapt perfectly to the ground and provide optimum traction

Durable Megagrip material blend from Vibram® for best traction on wet and dry surfaces

2 Biomechanically arranged flex grooves in the outsole and midsole for a perfect balance between stability and a natural footroll

3 Lightweight, firm EVA midsole with integrated torsion element for optimal stability in the midfoot and forefoot areas

4 Shock absorbing EVA midsole and heel design improve a comfortable footroll

 

Hiking soles

Light and flexible soles that let you hike comfortably in easy terrain with a minimal load. Profile lugs and flex grooves as well as a cushioning midsole between the outsole and upper are specifically designed to meet hiking needs.

VD HGK

Profile studs and tread design specifically developed for hiking

1 Biomechanically positioned flex grooves ensure hiking-specific roll-through

2 Lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA midsole for optimum comfort and support

3 V-Pad: ergonomic heel design for shock absorption on heel strike, supports biomechanically correct foot roll

VD LITE TRAVEL

  • Outsole construction with movable tread pattern allows for natural foot roll and comfortable cushioning
  • The barefoot-like roll-through movement subliminally regenerates foot muscles and ligaments
  • EVA material with 30 % recycled content

Urban soles

These lightweight and comfortable soles are used in our urban and leisure shoes. During development, we made sure that they’re light and comfortable. But because we live for the mountains, we didn’t miss the chance to also equip our “city shoes” with a sensible tread design and plenty of traction.

VIALUTA

Comfortable walking for modern everyday needs

1 Rubber outsole with 25 % recycled content

2 Shock-absorbing EVA midsole

VIALUTA II

Comfortable walking for an active lifestyle

1 Rubber outsole with 30 % recycled content

2 Shock aborbing EVA midsole

 

VIBRAM URBAN TREK

1 Thin, durable outsole for optimum support in both urban and outdoor settings

2 Biomechanically positioned flex grooves ensure comfortable roll-through motion

3 Lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA midsole for optimum comfort and support

4 Vibram (r) Ecostep material mix with 30 % recycled content offers an optimum balance of performance and sustainability

UBN SNEAKER

1 Outsole made in one piece offers maximum comfort for modern everyday life

2 Internally arranged slats provide comfortable shock absorption and flexibility

3 Rubber outsole made of 40 % recycled material

 

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