VIBRAM soles are characterized by good surface adhesion, shock absorption and high wear resistance. The solutions applied in them, such as self-cleaning grooves, rotating areas and anti-slip surfaces guarantee comfort and safety.
VIBRAM sole has more than 100 different types, intended for use in various weather and environment conditions. Individual sole models differ in basis weight and chemical composition, so to put it simply - different dose of ingredients present in rubber results in different sole hardness.
Hiking boots must be incredibly hard and resistant to deformations. What is very important is the stiffness of the sole (often confused with elasticity of fabric of which it is made). A sole used for mountain terrain should bend downwards when we tread on a step with our toes.
There are different surfaces we walk on, therefore also our soles should vary. They differ in a shape and depth of lugs. Hiking shoe lugs should protect against injuries and therefore they are deeper. They should have clear dicing set in the shape of canals that drain water and mud.
The name comes from Vitale Bramani, an Italian alpinist, who after losing 6 companions on his expedition to Mount Rasica in 1935, decided to invent a rubber-based material that would be suitable for hiking boot soles. As a result of his development, in 1954, an Italian team climbed K-2, wearing boots with VIBRAM soles. Since then VIBRAM has evolved and developed a lot, creating 100 kinds of this sole, intended for different terrains and weather conditions.