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#3561847 - 12/10/14 07:50 PM Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles?
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Registered: 01/31/06
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"…………….Michelin will markedly increase its activities in the footwear sector following the signing of an agreement with Chinese textile firm the Jihua Group on 26 November……………………………………………………
Jihua and Michelin, represented by their respective entities JV International and Michelin Lifestyle, intend to identify pertinent solutions in a market they see as hungry for technology. The purpose of the partnership is to manufacture and distribute high-performance soles with a view to securing a five to ten per cent share of the market (some 500 million pairs of soles) within the space of five years………………"

http://www.tyrepress.com/2014/11/michelin-becomes-sole-supplier-to-footwear-market/

Personally, I would like to see some winter shoes with soles based on the XIce Xi3.

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#3561863 - 12/10/14 08:02 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 5053
Loc: USA
100,000 mile shoes?

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#3561874 - 12/10/14 08:06 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 07/01/13
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"High-performance soles" and "Michelin Lifestyle?" Sounds kinda like a Super Sport.

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#3561917 - 12/10/14 08:36 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3866
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
I used to have a pair of...Reebok's?...that had soles made from a Goodyear compound they had used on Indy Tires.

it was back in the mid 90's... i don't really remember the brand, or what the line was called, but there were air chambers under you heel, and the ball of the foot, connected by a tube, and as you walked the air would scoot back and forth to cushion your step.

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basically These, in a mens 10, in black. wore 'em for Marching band through HS.


Edited by earlyre (12/10/14 08:49 PM)
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#3561955 - 12/10/14 09:25 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 11/05/11
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Funny for me to see this thread..yesterday as I took a fall onto my back, hurting my elbow and wrist..I was thinking how cool it would be for Nokian to use their rubber as a sole for winter boots/shoes..I think it would be brilliant..I would buy a pair for sure..lol..but they better make them in size 16!
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#3561995 - 12/10/14 09:58 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
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Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
will they prematurely dry rot?

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#3562004 - 12/10/14 10:03 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: mjk]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
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Originally Posted By: mjk
will they prematurely dry rot?
The Michelins shoes would dry rot a lot that's for sure!
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#3562154 - 12/11/14 06:42 AM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
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My 9 year old daughter has this "tech" on the soles of her Babolat tennis shoes. There is a little michelin man on blue sole.She thought it was a ghost.

The shoes have barely worn in 1 year and average of 2+ hrs/day of tennis but but alas she outgrew them of course.....We since moved onto New Balance due to cheap prices of them at the factory store.

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#3562169 - 12/11/14 07:14 AM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
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LOL. The average consumer doesn't know what a Michelin is, and would not buy said shoes unless if they were stupid cheap. Meanwhile, 50% of gearheads would buy on name alone while the other 50% would avoid due to fears about dry rot.
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#3562731 - 12/11/14 06:21 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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dry rot? Dont know about most of you, but my shoes/boots dont last even as long as my tires LOL
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#3562781 - 12/11/14 07:14 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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#3562825 - 12/11/14 08:13 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 03/02/10
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Loc: Michigan, USA

I've been wearing michelin work boots for years and love them
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#3562988 - 12/12/14 12:33 AM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
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Loc: SF Bay Area
New Balance used to market that they used some sort of outsole compound developed for them by Goodyear, including the logo molded into the sole.

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#3562992 - 12/12/14 12:48 AM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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...and I will still be buying New Balance because they still have shoes that are made in the U.S.
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#3563375 - 12/12/14 12:32 PM Re: Michelin Tire Tech for Shoe Soles? [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 07/07/14
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Loc: Western NY
Originally Posted By: SubLGT


One year I drove sheet metal screws into the soles of my running shoes so I could run through winter.

It actually worked out pretty well, except for the one time I got poked in my big toe - but I moved that screw to a thicker part of the sole and all was good!
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