Silicone has exceptional elasticity and is transformed into an excellent cushioning medium through engineered meshing. It is also naturally antibacterial, stable between -50 and 250 degrees Celsius and is incredibly durable, making it the optimal material for QUANT-U.
How do we use these unique properties to customise footwear?
Our silicone midsoles use 3 key tunable properties to make customised comfort:
cushioning, localised force distribution, and energy management.
By adjusting the height, geometries and diameters of the structures that make up the silicone midsole, we are able to influence the cushioning of the material. Cushioning relates to the dampening of impact during the foot strike phase of each stride.
Localised Force Distribution
Cushioning increases the amount of energy transferred into the material of the midsole core. However, this energy is not in a single direction. During each step there is inversion and eversion of each foot, if not controlled this may lead to injuries. By localising these forces we may increase the stability of a foot, and influence the vectoring of each stride.
Impact and propulsion forces are inversely related. Where increased cushioning is used for impact forces. An overly cushioned material will cause the foot to sink into the midsole, requiring more effort to take each step. Propulsion is when we kick each foot off the ground. A hyper-elastic material, such as silicone, that returns to its natural form almost instantly, may complement the propulsion phase during gait by transferring these forces into the stride and not into the midsole.