The World's Most Comfortable Soles

ICANCHU - World's Most Comfortable Soles.

In the age of clickbait and hyperbole, declaring anything as "the world's most X" might come off as insincere. However, when it comes to these soles, you would be hard-pressed to describe them in any way other than "the world's most comfortable soles."

The process involved in making a single pair of hevea soles involves no less than 50 steps, each of which is carried out by hand. You read that correctly: each step requires the use of human hands, not machinery.

But before we even get to the factory, the process of making the world's most comfortable soles begins on the large tropical plantations of Asia. It is here where the hevea tree is grown.

In order to harvest the hevea "milk," slices are made in the tree's bark. This causes the "milk" to bead up en route to navigating down the spiral cuts, where it is collected at the bottom. Think of it like maple syrup but for your feet.

This slicing technique actually produces sustainable results. By working upward, the lower slices are allowed the time necessary to to grow over. 

Once harvested, this pure virgin milk is sent to the factory in France. Here is where the handcrafted processes kick in. In fact, the hevea sole production is very similar to the steps involved in making cheese.

A simplified overview to making the world's most comfortable soles looks like this:

  • Pouring of the milk into the moulds
  • Coagulation
  • Baking
  • Drying

As the soles go through this 30-day process (yes, it takes 30 days to make a single pair of soles), thousands of tiny air bubbles form. This unique microstructure is what allows the wearer to feel like he is walking on air.

We have used these soles in the past and look forward to using them again in the near future. We have a couple of designs in the works that will be paired with natural hevea soles that we are excited to get on your feet.

In the meantime, you can learn some more about the process for making the world's most comfortable soles by watching the clip below.


UPDATE: Check out these soles on our upcoming CHUKKA SNEAKER.