What’s Rubber-soled Shoes
Rubber-soled shoes give a less formal appearance. Many rubber-soled shoes are performance-oriented, for specific sports or casual occasions. Rubber-soled shoes were first designed for mountain climbing. In 1936, Italian mountain climber Vitale Bramani developed the rubber sole, influenced by the Pirelli automotive tire. The rubber sole was designed for traction.
Benefits of Rubber-soled Shoes
While less formal and traditional, rubber soles have comfort considerations. Podiatrist Arnold Ravick of the American Podiatric Medical Association states a typical men's leather sole weighs about five pounds compared to the 2-1/2 pound rubber sole. Running shoe soles weigh weigh only 10 ounces, on average. Rubber soles absorb a greater amount of shock due to their flexibility.