The Soul Behind Vibram Soles
In 1935, an avid climber and
mountain guide named Vitale Bramani was on an expedition in the Italian Alps
when tragedy struck. Six of Bramani’s mountaineering companions were killed in
an accident, which Bramani believed was caused in part by inadequate footwear
for the terrain and conditions. Determined to prevent such a terrible misfortune
from happening to anyone else, Bramani set out to create boot soles that would
save lives. After obtaining funding from Leopoldo Pirelli, his carrarmato or “tank tread” soles became
a reality. In 1954, the first expedition to reach the summit of K2 did so while
wearing Vibram soles, fulfilling Bramani’s dream of keeping climbers safe. Today,
Vibram not only protects mountaineers, but also provides over a thousand
footwear manufacturers around the globe with trustworthy Vibram yellow-label
Why Choose Vibram?
What makes Vibram soles so popular?
Vibram offers many different types of soles, each engineered for different
terrains, conditions, and even professions. There are Vibram soles for walking on
city streets, park sidewalks, wet surfaces, mountain peaks, and slippery ice.
Vibram even offers a sole for use at -40°C, and one that is resistant to heat
and flame for firefighters’ boots. Boots with Vibram soles are also used in hazardous industrial environments, the military, and law enforcement. Whether you’re walking the dog or scaling Everest,
there’s a Vibram sole for you.
Vibram is often recognized as the creators of Vibram FiveFingers, a
minimalist shoe with a thin sole and moveable toes. Vibram FiveFingers shoes
were meant to closely mimic the experience of being barefoot, and have been used in
many types of sports and fitness, such as running, yoga, trail trekking, and
even yacht racing. These glove-like shoes looked strange to some, but each
style was carefully engineered to provide a “barefoot” experience while
protecting your feet and providing traction during your favorite activities. More recently, Vibram has developed their new line of Furoshiki footwear, a collection of "wrap shoes." These shoes are made from a Vibram sole and an upper of stretchy fabric that is wrapped around the foot, helping them to fit any foot type and making them perfect for travel. While
Vibram FiveFingers and Furoshiki shoes are certainly noteworthy innovations, at the end of
the day, Vibram is all about the soles.
of Englin’s most popular brands use soles by Vibram on some of their styles.
Certain New Balance athletic shoes, Merrell hiking boots and
shoes, and UGG Australia snow boots feature these durable and
dependable outsoles. From extreme outdoor footwear to
fashion styles, Vibram has substantially expanded the use of its soles. You can
even find them on select Dansko shoes.
The next time you embark on a run, a
hike, or any other outdoor endeavor, consider Vibram-soled footwear. No matter
the terrain, you can trust the traction of Vibram soles to keep you safe. Their
unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces makes these soles the very best for
anything from everyday wear to your most extreme adventures.