Benefit: Hardest wearing material enhancing the durability and longevity of the shoe. Excellent traction between the shoe and the ground. Non-marking.
What is it: Specially formulated vulcanized rubber.
Where is it: On the bottom of the shoe where it contacts the ground.
Benefit: Arch support and pronation control. Removable, making the shoe suitable for orthotics. Also promotes airflow under the foot during activity.
What is it: EVA foam formed to cup around the heel and under the arch. Holes distributed from the forefoot and around the arch, combined with channels moulded into the bottom of the insole promote airflow.
Where is it: Inside the shoe, directly under the foot.
Benefit: Soft, lightweight cushioning that absorbs impact shock.
What is it: ethylene-vinyl acetate
Where is it: The midsole of the shoe, which is the part under the foot, between the outsole and the upper.
Benefit: Supports the arch area of the foot, and prevents the shoe from bending in the wrong place (in the middle of the shoe). The shoe should naturally bend across the joints in the forefoot region.
What is it: A hardened nylon piece.
Where is it: Placed internally (in the sole) in the arch area of the shoe.
Benefit: Supports the ankle and holds the heel firmly in place, providing excellent stability when the foot first strikes the ground. A firm heel counter is essential for fundamental support and stability.
What is it: Rigid plastic material that is shaped to match the contours of your heel.
Where is it: Inside the upper part of the shoe, surrounding the back and sides of the heel.
Benefit: Have you had black shoes that have scuffed the surface and a grey colour shows through? DOUBLE BLACK leather prevents this. Surface scuffs are invisible with DOUBLE BLACK. Full grain leather is hard wearing and breathable, becoming richer and deeper with wear, molding and adapting to your foot like no other material. Resistant to high temperatures, resistant to tearing, cracking, and peeling. It’s naturally insulating, but also breathable.
What is it: Specially dyed fully black all the way through from the surface to the back of the leather. Natural full grain cow hide, tanned and dyed through with authentic techniques. This is the premium grade of leather.
Where is it: On the upper (top part), particularly around the toe area of our black leather shoes.
Benefit: Provide a custom fit for the developing foot. A rubber lug included in junior cross trainers for extra durability.
What is it: Closure used on junior shoes for easy on and off. Used in combination with elastic laces on cross trainers
Where is it: On top of the upper in the place of a traditional lace.