Materials selection for footwear foams is critical to meeting your customer’s needs for cushioning performance – balancing comfort, durability, “springiness”, light weight performance and cost all depend on the choice of foam material. Dow’s portfolio of polyolefin elastomer solutions - ENGAGE™, NORDEL™, VERSIFY™, and now INFUSE™ – are designed to deliver performance where you need it.

Footwear Materials for Midsoles

INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs) and ENGAGE™ Polyolefin Elastomers POEs from Dow can help you step up your game in athletic footwear performance with midsoles that deliver lightweight footwear with exceptional resilience, durability and softness.

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ENGAGE™ Polyolefin Elastomers are the choice for midsole, sandal, and unitsole foam producers looking for the alternatives to EVA for improved softness, resiliency, and lighter weight foams at equivalent foam hardness. ENGAGE can be blended with EVA using existing manufacturing equipment and processes to produce foamed midsoles of the desired performance. Additional key features of ENGAGE include:

  • Low Temperature Flexibility
  • High Mechanical Strength
  • Low/No Odor
  • UV stability & Heat Resistance

EVA has been the standard for athletic shoe midsole foams for years, due to its low cost. When your customers demand something more than just low price, ENGAGE™ is the answer. Give your customers that extra feeling of comfort and the ultimate in lightweight performance by adding ENGAGE™ to your midsole, sandal or unitsole formulation. ENGAGE™ also improves softness and resiliency without sacrificing other performance properties.

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