World Footwear

Innovation

Vapesol launches recycled nitrile gloves soles

Sep 26, 2022 / Portugal
The Portuguese soles manufacturer partnered up with RACLAC, the only producer of nitrile examination gloves in Europe, to create recycled nitrile gloves soles

Swiss On presents first-ever carbon emission shoe

Sep 22, 2022 / Switzerland
In collaboration with LanzaTech, Borealis, and Technip Energies, the sportswear brand created the Cloudprime sneaker using carbon emissions as a raw material to reduce the brand's carbon footprint

8000kicks launches waterproof hemp backpack

Sep 5, 2022 / Portugal
The Portuguese brand known for its waterproof hemp shoes has now introduced the Everyday hemp backpack, raising almost half a million euros in funding on the Kickstarter platform

Asics launches first 3D printed model

Jul 27, 2022 / Japan
The Japan-based sportswear company, which is making its debut within 3D, introduced the Actibreeze 3D sandals to aid recovering athletes in the After Performance phase

Italy: being good at production alone no longer suffices

Jul 26, 2022 / Italy
Amid a challenging macro-environment, digitalization and sustainability emerged as priorities for the future of the footwear industry at the annual meeting of Assocalzaturifici held in Bologna

Coats acquires footwear materials specialist Texon

Jul 13, 2022 / United Kingdom
The UK-based industrial thread manufacturer acquired the developer of structural component materials Texon for 237 million USD to strengthen its presence in the athleisure footwear market

Kering invests in Lab-Grown Leather Startup

May 12, 2022 / France
The French-based luxury group participated in a 46 million USD funding round meant to fast-track the commercialization of the Californian-based VitroLabs’ cell-cultivated leather

Nike and Rtfkt studio release first digital sneakers

May 3, 2022 / United States
The collection of eight co-branded digital sneakers, dubbed Nike Cryptokicks, is modelled after the Nike Dunk sneaker and signs the brand’s entrance into digital clothing

Merrell launches beta version of shoe adviser app

Apr 26, 2022 / United States
The Wolverine Worldwide brand partnered up with the smartphone 3D body scanning technology NetVirta to launch a mobile app that ensures accurate shoe fit recommendations

Covestro: towards a climate-neutral future

Premium ContentApr 22, 2022 / Germany
We spoke with Tony Wu, Global Product Manager for Textile Coatings, and Dr. Dirk Achten, Head of Modern Coatings & Adhesive Technologies, to discuss how sustainability and innovation fuel the company’s growth, and which solutions best serve the footwear industry

OrthoLite launches new ESD insole technology for work and service footwear

Apr 19, 2022 / United States
The US-based company has introduced the solution OrthoLite ESD Shield, reportedly, the "world’s first and only" mechanically-bonded electrostatic discharge protection insole technology

Adidas launches digital Ozworld experience

Apr 8, 2022 / Germany
To celebrate the release of the latest Ozworld collection, adidas Original has launched the world’s first personality-based AI-generated avatar creation platform

Lenzing: a circular economy requires more innovation and collaboration

Premium ContentMar 24, 2022 / Austria
We spoke with Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business at Lenzing AG, and Birgit Schnetzlinger, Head of Functional Wear Segment, to better understand how sustainability helped the company become a global technology leader in fibres’ production and discuss a more sustainable future for the industry

lululemon enters the footwear category

Mar 21, 2022 / Canada
The performance apparel company will release four running shoe models specially designed for women first throughout 2022

Portuguese footwear honours the national culture

Mar 18, 2022 / Portugal
The latest campaign promoted by APICCAPS pays homage to the works and main artists of the Portuguese scene, reinforcing the premise that the footwear industry is an ally of art
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