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Materials for Casual Shoes

Enabling stylish shoes that protect and last

Shoes for work and recreation. Family outdoor activity.
Shoes for work and recreation.

Footwear is a core element of any wardrobe—we put our shoes on every day for work or play. Increasingly, consumers are looking for their wardrobe to include more sustainable products that were made is a responsible way. This is causing brands to pay special attention to how they can create footwear with a lower carbon footprint.

Dow and Crocs bring sustainability to footwear

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Dow has collaborated with leading casual footwear brand Crocs to create shoes which balance environmental responsibility with comfort and style. Our ECOLIBRIUM™ technology for footwear is helping support the carbon reduction of Crocs’ shoes by providing bio-based materials for production. Read more about Dow’s collaboration with Crocs.

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High-performance Polyurethane Outsoles

Dow’s high performance polyurethanes for outsoles help strike the right balance between ergonomics, protection, and comfort, making them the perfect choice to manufacture shoes for everyday usage.

 

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Midsoles for casual wear

As consumers become more conscious of the impact of an active lifestyle on overall health, shoes that we wear on a daily basis are expected to deliver better on ergonomics and comfort. Casual footwear manufacturers can rely on the qualities of olefin-based polymers such as ENGAGE™ Polyolefin Elastomers (POEs) that are often blended with EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate)-based foams to enhance performance and processing. In addition, INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs) and ENERLYTE™ Polyurethane Elastomer are added to produce midsoles with greater levels of comfort.

 

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Unitsoles enable new sole structures for enhanced performance.

Standing out in today’s competitive casual footwear landscape is a challenge. Our products enable the creation of unitsoles which provide an optimal balance of abrasion and traction whilst also simplifying the shoe assembly process, allowing you to be more cost-efficient in a competitive market.

 

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It starts with collaboration

Let’s work together to deliver casual footwear that is comfortable, stylish and sustainable. Contact us today to discuss how we can improve your footwear applications.