What’s the Most Popular Sports Shoes | Upper&Outsole Material?

In the market, there are a wide variety of shoes, sports shoes stand out in many types of shoes, having their own unique way and being a unique fashion. Nowadays, sports shoes are not only high-tech products but also global fashion items, which are favored by people all over the world. An unprecedented sports craze is sweeping the world. Accordingly, this article is mainly to introduce the most popular items– sports shoes and its upper and outsole material.

Sports Shoes

Black Sports Shoes
(The picture is from NIKE Official Website)Black Sports Shoes(The picture is from NIKE Official Website)

Now more and more people like sports and want to keep fit. Although the idea is highly recommended, not everyone knows a lot about sports shoes. So, today I’d like to talk about the sports shoes, and at the end I’d like to recommend some best sneakers to you. The sports shoes itself include many types of shoes, mainly in five major categories: basketball shoes, football boots, running shoes,comprehensive training shoes, and outdoor shoes. This article will not introduce these five categories and I will introduce each category in detail in the following articles.

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Sports Shoes Definition

Green Sports Shoes
(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Narrow definition : sneakers are designed and made to meet those people who are engaged in sports or travel.

Broad definition: Sports shoes are the types of shoes used in appropriate sports, fitness sports, leisure sports, recreational sports, the training process of competitive sports and official competition sports with professional skills.

Sports Shoes Function

Brown Sports Shoes
(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

The sole of sports shoes is different from ordinary leather shoes and rubber shoes. It is generally soft and elastic, and has a certain buffering effect. These functional requirements also greatly promote the development of new materials.

Whether you’re exercising for entertainment or training, the right shoes can provide the enough support for your entire body. Some shoes can also prevent ankle injuries and make you enjoy sports more. In the end, the right pair of shoes will complement your athletic style. Therefore, in sports, most of players should wear sports shoes, especially high-intensity physical exercise, such as basketball, running, etc.

Upper&Outsole Material 

A wide range of materials are used in on the top of sport shoe, comparing to leather shoe and cloth shoe, such as textile materials, leather, artificial leather, synthetic materials. This article is to talk about upper and outsole material.

Upper Material

The upper material of sports shoes can be divided into PVC, PU leather/Nubuck, microfiber, natural leather, mesh cloth and other categories.

(1) PVC

PVC particles
PVC strip

(The picture is from Encyclopedia )

Most of cheaper, poor quality, not cold-resistant, not folding; products do not use PVC fabrics. The surface of the Nuba is mostly frosted, with a rough hand feel, less shiny and matte, and most of them are inelastic. Pu Leather soft, full of flexibility, feel good, more shiny surface. Most of the surface of beef cattle was matte-like, rough and astringent, less shiny and dull fog surface, most non-elastic.

(2)PU leather/Nubuck

PU Leather

PU Leather

Nubuck

Nubuck

(The pictures are from Encyclopedia )

 The most widely used material on the market at present. PU leather is soft, elastic and has a shiny surface with a goog hand feel. The surface of the Nubuck is mostly frosted, with a rough hand feel, less shiny and matte, and most of them are inelastic. Although Nubuck and PU are different, they have their own characteristics. By contrast PU is more widely used, and its prices range from a dozen to a hundred dollars. The shoes are made of mid-range and above Nubuck and PU leather.

(3) Microfiber

Microfiber

(The picture is from Encyclopedia )

 Soft and uniform texture, very close to natural skin, but more uniform than the thickness of natural skin, and more balanced elasticity, one of the best materials in artificial leather. Its price is cheapest about 70 yuan, good as much as 200 yuan. Most of the current safety shoes use this material.

(4) Natural Leather

Natural Leather

(The picture is from Encyclopedia )

 It is generally recognized as the material, breathable, soft, durable, peel-folding-cold resistance. The disadvantages are blemishes, many pores, not easy to cut.  Natural skin has always been loved by people; There are many kinds of shoe leather, such as cowhide, pigskin, deerskin, ostrich skin, carp skin, snake skin, etc. Sports shoes generally use cowhide. Cowhide can be divided into the first layer of skin and the second layer of skin. The first layer is also called pearl skin, and the second layer is called Erlang skin or patent leather. The general price of the first layer of skin is 35 times the second layer of skin. Sport shoes, especially basketball shoes, are valuable for using a large number of cowhide.

(5) Mesh 

Mesh

(The picture is from Encyclopedia )

It is mainly divided into three categories. The main material of mesh cloth is used in the exposed area of the upper surface, for its light, good air permeability, and bending resistance, such as sandwich mesh cloth. Collar accessories, such as velvet and BK cloth. And lining accessories, such as Lixin cloth, high-abrasive and breathable.

Outsole Material

The sole has three layers: insole, midsole, and outsole. The insole is a thin layer of man-made ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). The components of the midsole, which provides the bulk of the cushioning, will vary among manufacturers. Generally it consists of polyurethane surrounding another material such as gel or liquid silicone, or polyurethane foam given a special brand name by the manufacturer. In some cases the polyurethane may surround capsules of compressed air.

As the first line of defense against external shocks, the outsole’s role is to provide friction and abrasion. The outsole material is mainly composed of various kinds of rubber:

Hevea Brasiliensis

Hevea Brasiliensis

(The picture is from Encyclopedia )

  • Carbon rubber: A material with excellent abrasive resistance. Carbon fiber is added to the rubber, generally used on running shoes for wear-resistance, anti-slip and enhanced grip.
  • Solid rubber: The most commonly used rubber, stable performance, abrasive resistance and anti-slip, often used in basketball shoes, all-around shoes.
  • DRC: A tough and durable rubber. It is a synthetic rubber based on hard rubber. The excellent abrasive resistance, especially suitable for making tennis shoes.
  • Environmental rubber: A durable material containing 10% recycled rubber. Reduce the waste of rubber, playing a role in environmental protection.
  • Aerated rubber: Rubber contains air. When subjected to external forces, the air inside the rubber is pressed out,which has a certain shock mitigation effect. This artificial soft rubber is light and provides shock absorption and grip.
  • Sticky rubber: Used for fitness shoes, rock climbing soles, etc., with good skid resistance.

 In outsole materials, in addition to rubber, also having a large number of EVA, PU, PVC, TPR, SBS and other thermoplastic elastomer, polymer composite materials, and functional materials. The rest of the covering is usually a synthetic material such as artificial suede or a nylon weave with plastic slabs or boards supporting the shape. There may be a leather overlay or nylon overlay with leather attachments.

In this article, I just introduce the rubber materials in detail, but I will introduce other raw materials in the future, including the main outsole materials’ cost-effective comparison, pros and cons and so on.Welcome to visit our website www.topfactoryshoes.com at any time. 

Sports Shoes Prospects

After thirty years of extensive and rapid development, China’s shoe industry has appeared a lot of contradictions. As an export-oriented footwear industry, China’s shoe-making is facing with bigger and bigger pressure in the face of international market atrophy, and combined with the countries from the main markets trade protection measures such as anti-dumping. Scale enterprises appear while a group of small businesses fail.

However, China’s shoe companies are still very strong. After nearly 20 years of development, by the advantages of high-quality investment environment and labor resources, China’s shoe industry has built up a perfect upstream and downstream industrial chain, formed various footwear production clusters, shaped perfect shoe finished product and shoe material market, and established footwear research and development center and information center, etc.

Quadruple Sports Shoes

(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Although Chinese shoe industry is now facing the problems of domestic policy, rising labor costs as well as the competition not only in middle and lower grade footwear from India, Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia and other countries but also in high-grade shoes from Italy, Spain, Portugal, China’s shoe industry’s overall competitive advantage is still difficult for other countries to match. (From Encyclopedia)

When you read the introduction to sports shoes, I’ll talk about the types of it so that you can make more clear understanding between the categories and then have better decision to choose what do you want most and which of the best sports shoes is right for you? This article sports shoes is divided into five categories according to its function.

Sports Shoes Recommendations

I will give ten recommendations of sports shoes in this article. Here are the introduction of every sport shoe.

1.NIKE ZOOM FREAK 2 NAIJA (Basketball Shoe)

Green high-top Sports Shoes

(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Price: $130

User Rating: 5/5

Link Address: https://www.nike.com

A combination of Zoom Air cushioning on your forefeet and soft, reactive foam helps you harness your power for acceleration on the court. A molded TPU chip on the outside is one of the most effective actions for Giannis, helping to control and stabilize the foot through the Euro gait movement. The outsole rubber is divided into two areas with rigid, supportive pieces between them, which helps to reduce weight and increase flexibility.

2.NIKE LEBRON 17 LOW PH (Basketball Shoe)

Red Sports Shoes

(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Price: $160

User Rating: 4.6/5

Link Address: https://www.nike.com

There is a smooth, low top design. The Max Air unit under the heel provides support and shock absorption. The lightweight and flexible Nike reaction technique in the front foot helps make each step smooth and responsive. An overlay provides structure and shape. The midsole on the rigid molded cover gives you extra support. Low-cut mesh boots provide a comfortable fit. When you tighten the laces, the fly wire cable will lock you with the laces.

3.NIKE VAPOR EDGE PRO 360 (Football Shoe)

White Sports Shoes

(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Price: $120

User Rating: 4.5/5

Link Address: https://www.nike.com

The NIKE VAPOR EDGE PRO 360 creates a new level of speed. Its interior full-foot board creates flexible support, and extensive stud placement allows you to cut like never before. The interior chassis provides the flexibility and support of traditional panels. The external pod provides ultimate traction for quick cuts.  The lightweight upper part has an overlay to increase durability. The placement of large studs will help you cut quickly. It has elastic cuffs, comfortable and breathable.

4.NIKE FORCE SAVAGE PRO 2 (Football Shoe)

Black Sports Shoes

(The picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Price: $100

User Rating: 5/5

Link Address: https://www.nike.com

The Nike Force Savage Pro 2 is made for the front line. The textured synthetic leather makes it durable and the hook and loop ankle strap is easy to adjust. The webbing is combined with the laces to lock you in. Styling details add durability. The synthetic leather on the upper provides support and durability. Ankle straps help ensure fit. Inner padded cup heel on both sides for a secure, comfortable fit. It’s easy to put on and take off the heel like a rope.

5. XIN DE SHENG RUNNING SHOES

Red and white Sports Shoes

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Specifications

Upper Material:PU+synthetic suede+mesh

Sole material:EVA foam+rubber outsole

Gender style:men

Color Classification:red/white/black

Suitable age:adult

Applicable scene:road/street

SIZE:40,41,42,43,44,45,46

Item No.:4336

The upper material is from NIKE & ADIDAS. NIKE & ADIDAS flyknit material, engineered mesh, recycle polyester make the shoes upper light weight and increase air flow. And fly wire technology make the upper more stable and keep balance. The Nike Joyride Dual Run blazes its own route. Tiny foam beads underfoot combined with traditional cushioning in the forefoot give an incredibly smooth feel that conforms to your foot.

6. XIN DE SHENG CUSHIONING RUNNING SHOES 

Yellow and black Sports Shoes

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Specifications

Upper Material:fkyknit mesh+TPU film

Sole material:EVA foam+rubber outsole

Gender style:men

Color Classification:black/blue/yellow

Suitable age:adult

Applicable scene:road/street

SIZE:40,41,42,43,44,45,46

Item No.:2487

The uppers are made from Nike and Adidas. Nike and Adidas Flyknit materials, engineered mesh, recycled polyester to make the vamp light and increase air circulation. Flying wire technology makes the upper part more stable and balanced.  Tiny foam beads combine the traditional cushioning on the soles of the feet to give the front foot an incredible smooth feel that fits your feet.

7. ADIDAS CRAZYFLIGHT MID VOLLEYBALL SHOES

White Sports Shoes

   ( This picture is from the ADIDAS Official Website)

Price: $140

User Rating: 4.6/5

Link Address: https://www.adidas.com/

The boost midsole of Adidas Crazyflight Mid Shoe fills you with endless energy to reign in the air. Stand out from the competition. The grip rubber outsole supports explosive movement on volleyball, handball and badminton courts. The mid-cut design keeps the ankle stable. When you are jumping and landing, the snug fit and EVA stability framework provide stability.

8.NIKE FREE METCON 3(Training Shoe)

 ( This picture is from the NIKE Official Website)

Price: $120

User Rating: 4.5/5

Link Address: https://www.adidas.com/

The Nike Free Metcon 3 combines the flexibility of Nike’s Free soles with The flat, wide-heeled Metcon so that you can keep your feet fast and steady from lifting to speeding. A Nike free sole creates toe flexibility, so you can do jumping or agility training. After verification, when you lift, the wide heel of metcon creates a stable base. The rubber tread is designed to give you traction in all types of stadiums. The foam liner is designed for comfort and stability, softer and stronger in the middle and surrounding edges. The sole wraps both sides to create support when moving side to side.

9. XIN DE SHENG HIKING SHOES

Yellow Sports Shoes

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Specifications

Upper Material:PU+synthetic suede

Sole material:EVA foam+rubber outsole

Gender style:women

Color Classification:Yellow/white

Suitable age:adult

Applicable scene:road/street

SIZE:36,37,38,39,40,41

Item No.:4562

The material of hiking shoes is leather, flannel or more, which combines design to produce different levels of delicacy and elegance. In today’s society, hiking shoes not only have a perfect performance indoor and outdoor, but also have a lot of ornamental in appearance and design. The fashion sense comes through multiple designs. 

10. XIN DE SHENG HIKING SHOES

Blue and gray Sports Shoes

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Specifications

Upper Material:PU+synthetic suede

Sole material:EVA foam+rubber outsole

Gender style:women

Color Classification:Black/beige/blue

Suitable age:adult

Applicable scene:road/street

SIZE:40,41,42,43,44,45,46

Item No.:4418

The materials of hiking shoes are leather, flannel or more materials. These materials are designed to combine together to produce different degrees of refinement and elegance. Nowadays, the hiking shoes is not only having perfect performances both indoors and outdoors but also having an admirable appearance and design. Besides that, its good looks and exquisite designs also can meet the requirements of most people who love outdoor activities.

Browse Sports Shoes

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Conclusion

In the new era, the sporting trend is everywhere. If you look around in street, you can see people walking around in sports shoes. The comfort is the most important factor to wear sports shoes. And it is also very convenient to walk, jump or run whenever and wherever you are if you wear them. Seriously, in today’s world, the sports shoes are not only good-looking, but also comfortable, in line with the aesthetics of contemporary young people. Coupled with the spreading of sneaker culture all over the world, many people like to wear a pair of shoes they like. As a result, if you are interested in sports shoes, welcome to visit our website https://www.topfactoryshoes.com/. If you find shoes that interest and satisfy you, please contact us by Email: andy.h@topfactoryshoes.com or by telephone: (86) 0592 2685659. Thank you for your cooperation!!!

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