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Your perfect partner for footwear


BASF's versatile and robust material portfolio of high-performance materials enables footwear manufacturers to bring new innovation to the market.


For more than forty years, BASF has been developing, producing, and selling the tailor-made footwear materials Elastopan® and Elastollan® for all types of shoes and soles.


With our portfolio of polyurethane systems, thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers and engineering thermoplastics, we offer leading companies in the footwear industry a unique and integrated toolbox of solutions.


Footwear manufacturers and in particular shoe designers are turning to plastics as their performance material of choice because they combine aesthetics, stability and a wide spectrum of design possibilities. We support our customers with chemistry-driven innovations, coming from world-scale production plants, compounding facilities, regional technical development centers, as well as with our competence in application engineering.