From fashion to sport, here on our polyurethanes blog we love shoes. So much so, that we find reasons to write about them time and time again! Today we’ll treat you once more to one of the most innovative applications of polyurethane in the industry: the climbing shoe!
In the last few years the world of climbing has witnessed an unprecedented array of shoes to choose from, with over 125 models on the market; in 2012 alone there were 38, yes 38, new models! This allows climbing enthusiasts of every shape, size and ability to find the perfect pair of shoes to take them to heights they’ve never reached before!
So what’s the big deal?
‘Tis true that climbing has been around for a long time; our ancestors, the cave men, got by without any kind of shoe, right? But a journey through the history of the climbing shoe reveals that as our definition and understanding of it has evolved, so too has the climber’s limits vanished! From the early rock climbers’ heavy-soled mountaineering boots studded with metal cleats and hobnails, the modern polyurethane climbing shoe has come a very long way and is now more comparable to a glove!
Polyurethane is the material of choice, as its versatility and strength allows it to be moulded into many different styles of shoe; be it flat soled, round toed, or strong edged, polyurethane does the trick in achieving ultimate designs! Not only this, but polyurethane’s flexibility and comfort creates shock absorption and ultimate ease as you climb. Finally, polyurethane’s resilience means that the shoe can withstand extreme weather conditions and harsh climbing environments, taking you just about anywhere!
Polyurethanes; helping you achieve the unachievable!