Built for comfort and endurance


Polyurethane foams are highly valued in the sports shoe industry because of the ease with which they can be molded. They also provide great cushioning and flexibility at low densities, at very little weight.


BASF is working with international sports brands and research universities to improve the properties of polyurethane to offer the best performance and comfort. While weight reduction remains important, it is no longer the primary focus in terms of sports shoe research. There is now a strong emphasis on extending the sustainability of polyurethane's superior cushioning effect, which can be crucial in preventing injuries when sports shoes are used over long periods.


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