From Tyres to Trail Running – A range of technical soles designed to the last detail according to their use

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Credits: Press Office The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail.


A tyre choice depends upon the type of terrain and the intended use. In the same way, technical soles are designed for specific activities, tailored to meet the needs of the wearer. Michelin’s ‘From Tyres To Soles’ philosophy, is much more than a simple tyre-to-sole transformation: it studies carefully the perfect rubber compound and tread design and aims to achieve the best performance as far as traction, durability and self-cleaning are concerned. The next-generation uppers and high-performance soles are the perfect duo, as they allow trail runners to have an advanced terrain control in all weather conditions.


Swimrunners and Orienteering Athletes can now start on the right foot with
Salming OT Comp powered by Michelin

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Salming OT Comp Photo Patrik Johall


What happens when off-road running begins to play a role in fast-growing disciplines such as swimrunning?
Salming, a Swedish brand specialising in performance running, teamed up with technical soles authority Michelin to create a shoe that is incredibly light, with a tread that ensures exceptional self-cleaning and impeccable grip on slippery wet surfaces.

Swimrun is a multiple-stage competition which involves participants running and swimming with no transition areas: this means that athletes have to run with their wetsuits on and swim with their shoes on. While in 2016 there were only 70 known races in the world, today there are more than 500.
The Salming OT Comp (Off Trail Competition) is ideal for disciplines such as swimrunning and orienteering, where the sudden change of terrains and conditions requires a shoe with excellent traction and adaptability. Michelin’s dynamic sole and Salming’s upper shoe are the perfect combination to offer the wearer the support he or she needs. Athletes are well aware that adaptability is key during swimrun and orienteering competitions: from now on, with Salming OT Comp, everything will be easier. (more…)

Carbon Rubber: the Michelin Innovation
for the mountain bike

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Team MTB Bianchi Countervail 2017 - Bergamo - 07/02/2017 - Stephane Tempier (FRA - Bianchi Countervail) - photo Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2017


Michelin Soles created the perfect solution for mountain biking lovers: the “Carbon Rubber”. The rubber sculptures of these innovative soles are inserted directly onto a rigid plate in carbon fibre, which ensures excellent durability, stability and adherence.
Here are the brands which implemented the “Carbon Rubber” solution. Michelin and its partners gave life to soles with a unique tread design and compound, according to the formula “Fit for Use”.


Soles By Michelin: Advanced Ground Control

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Innovation, technology and research have been the pillars of Michelin for more than 250 years. This expertise in ground contact and traction that guides the production of our world-class tyres is also incorporated into Michelin Technical Soles, solutions applicable to the world of soles for optimum performance on all types of terrain. Many leading brands in Motorsports, Outdoors, Active Sports, Winter Sports, Indoor Sports, Running, Trend Sports, Nature Sports, Water Sports and Work & Safety, have entrusted Michelin Technical Soles with the creation of custom footwear for their target consumers. (more…)

Michelin Technical Soles: 60 brands, 300 projects of customized soles in less than 4 years.

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Michelin x Hanwag


“From tyres to soles”. This is the philosophy behind the project born in 2014 that saw the growth of Michelin in the field of high-performance soles for shoes, from outdoor to work & safety, from lifestyle to extreme sports. In less than 4 years Michelin has been chosen by over 60 industry leaders with whom the company has developed more than 300 projects in more than 10 market segments. 2018 opens with the first international events, from Shot Show (military) in Las Vegas and Outdoor Retailer/SIA (outdoor and winter sports) in Denver to ISPO (outdoor and trend sports) in Munich. In the context of these trade fairs, 16 brands -Aku, Columbia, Etnies, Everlast, Garmont, Hanwag, Hi-Tec, Icebug, Magnum, Mammut, Ride, Full Tilt, Nordica, Salming, Under Armour, Viking – will exhibit models developed with Michelin soles and innovations: Fiber Lite for Ride and Ice Control for Columbia. (more…)

Michelin and Everlast: together in the ring

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At the forefront of research into innovative solutions for the footwear industry, the MichelinTechnical Soles business makes its debut in the indoor sector with a product that will meet the needs of athletes seeking maximum agility and freedom of movement even on gym floors and in boxing rings.


Nordica: The First Hike & Ski Boot Powered by Michelin

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The new Nordica Strider will be equipped with Michelin Technical Soles for advanced ground control in Active Mountain.
Nordica_STRIDER_130_PRO_DYN (2)Designed for all downhill skiers who want to test themselves on new snow adventures, to experience the mountain in an active way at 360 °. It offers a blend of performance for downhill on the slope (track), but also comfort, versatility and it’s very easy to use during the ascent. A boot that is thought to answer to specific needs, such as an innovative sole to provide traction and grip on snow and icy ground, stability and great resistance to cold. This is the reason Nordica has decided to rely, for the Strider project, on Michelin Technical Soles as the perfect partner who can transfer on its great experience in the field of ground contact.
The designers at Michelin Technical Soles have transferred “from tire to soles”, the right mix of rubber and together with Nordica team experts, the best tread design. The MICHELIN outsole featured on the Strider boot is inspired by the winter car tire MICHELIN Latitude X-Ice North and has been engineered with Michelin Winter Compound, a mixture of the specific hardness which can offer resistance to low temperatures down to -30 ° C, non-slip qualities and excellent abrasion resistance. (more…)

Columbia and Icebug Introduce
New Michelin Outsole With Ice Control Technology

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Columbia and Icebug are the two latest footwear manufacturers to adopt Ice Control Technology developed by R&D department of Michelin Technical Soles, based in Verona, Italy. The new outsoles provide up to 40% greater traction on ice, according to designers.

With the slogan “from tyres to soles“, Michelin, best known for 128 years as a manufacturer of high performance tyres, is revolutionizing the field of outsoles for outdoor applications, bringing innovation where for a long time, there had been no evolution.

The new outsoles will be introduced by Columbia on its Canuk Titanium Omni-Heat Outdry Boot, and by Icebug on its Solus M walking boots.

“There isn’t a more problematic surface than a layer of ice or heavily snow-covered ground. Under these conditions footwear reliability should not be compromised,” said Andrea de Pascale, Head of Marketing & Partnership Development for Michelin outsole licensee JV International. (more…)

Michelin & Mammut: Ultralight Mountaineering Outsoles Using New Michelin Fiber Lite Technology

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Lightness is the new frontier in mountaineering; both gear and clothing are examined closely to reduce overall weight. Expert climbers and hikers make detailed studies and analysis of their equipment, especially in regards on the weight they are going to carry around all day long. Whether it’s a backpack, clothing or shoes, lightness is increasingly important because reducing weight means more energy saved. And more energy saved means a more efficient, enjoyable expedition or every day hike into the mountains. This never-ending quest is the driving force behind Michelin applying its wealth of knowledge from tires to the development of Michelin Technical Soles with Fiber Lite Technology. (more…)

Michelin: Solutions From Tyres To Soles. News from Eurobike 2017.

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eurobikeFootwear equipped with Michelin outsoles for advanced ground control, takes into account the specific needs of those who wear them by optimizing the performance in terms of traction, durability and self-cleaning. With Michelin entering the technical outsole market, the process of choosing the best shoe for your sporting activity should change its focus to the sole. A good mountain bike sole has to be able to provide stability and adherence on the pedal, but it also needs a compound and a tread design that ensure traction, durability and self-cleaning. Michelin makes the most of its management in “ground contact”, drawing on the tried and tested expertise coming from tyres. Michelin adapts their latest technologies, identifies the most appropriate technical solution and which tyre can be taken as inspiration for the realization of each sole. Furthermore, the brand partner’s technology for the upper is also taken into account in order to find breakthrough solutions to consumers problems, thus optimizing the performance of the entire footwear. Each sole is different, made in collaboration with footwear partners: customized outsoles to respond to the usage that the brand partner and consumer requires for its shoe.
Michelin brings Multiple and diversified news to this Eurobike: continuing the partnership with NORTHWAVE and SHIMANO, plus a new strategic partner: GAERNE.