Leather Outsole?

Why don't we use leather outsoles?

First, leather is a very fickle material. 

  1. It's quite stiff at first and has a long break-in period.
  2. It's slippery to the point of hazard
  3. It wears away when wet
  4. It can get waterlogged and stiffen beyond repair

Second, we haven't been able to create a "hollow heel" with leather. So, if we went with leather outsole, you'd end up with something like the Vivobarefoot Lisbon.

I do concede that leather outsoles look better! Fortunately, we're developing a new outsole that will better mimic the look of leather, while keeping the flexibility, non-slip, water-resistant, and hollow heel benefits of synthetic.


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