Two people sitting on a dock with their athletic shoes over the water.

The human foot is an amazing piece of engineering.  It is constructed from 28 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.  Sensitivity is transmitted through concentrations of 1300 nerve endings per inch.  It's no wonder our feet hurt when we're not wearing comfortable shoes.

This engineering marvel needs careful protection and handling to keep it operating in top condition.  Proper functioning footwear provides the foot: support, protection from external elements, ventilation, safety and comfort.  On top of all this - footwear can also serve as a fashion statement!

The drivers for continued innovation and technology at Dow, include:

  • Improved processability
  • Durability
  • Lightweightness
  • Cushioning
  • Oil/water/chemical resistance
  • Flexibility
  • Grip
  • Weatherability
  • Tensile strength

Building on traditional capabilities in material science, Dow offers a global portfolio of materials and systems for key components in the footwear industry, from outsoles, midsoles, uppers and footbeds - to airbags and innovative moulded components.  We are meeting customer and consumer expectations by keeping in mind what is important to footwear manufacturers, brand-owners, and consumers:  delivering comfortable, appealing and high performing shoes that provide lasting value.