The Legend ofVibram ® Soles
Excerpted from the Vibram ® website:
In 1935, Vitale Bramani led an expedition into the Italian Alps. The climbers used heavy, hobnailed boots for the approach, but then switched to thin-soled rock climbing boots for the assault. These climbing boots proved fatal when the expedition was hit by thick fog and a blizzard. Six climbers died from frostbite and exposure.
It was this tragic experience that drove Bramani to create an all-purpose climbing sole: lightweight, long-wearing and flexible. He developed rubber compounds with excellent traction and high abrasion resistance. He designed a new lug sole and called it Vibram ®, after his own name.
soles have gone on to become a legend throughout the world. Yet, the search for better soling products has never stopped. Vibram ®
soles are now found, not only on boots, but on a whole range of fine casual, service and dress footwear. Look for the distinctive Vibram ®
octagon with the Vibram ®
name inside; it's the symbol of excellence.
Today, the Vibram ®
brand is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soling products for outdoor, dress casual, and service footwear.
soles have gone on to conquer Mt. Everest. Indeed since 1962 Vibram ®
soles have been on the shoes of K2 conquerors and still now the interest for the
competitive ascent and researching the Himalayas and on Karakorum is very much alive. Vibram ®
takes part in the expedition organized by the CNR (Italian National Research Council) to reach what many define as "the roof of the world": Everest.
On this mountain, at the altitude of 16,568 feet, is the laboratory "Pyramid Observatory". This facility was created for the purpose of developing high-altitude scientific and technological activities for
testing products and executing medical and physiological research. Vibram ®
had detailed studies done on its new products at the Pyramid.
By relying on the great experience of the mountain-climbers and technicians of world renown laboratories, Vibram ®
conducted tests whose results are considered absolute,
the utmost safety guarantee for mountain- climbers throughout the world.