VIBRAM CARRARMATO

 

A video by
Caterina Viganò

The first rubber sole for mountaineering since 1937.

Designed, tested and patented by Vitale Bramani after a mountain’s accident. His ingenious intuition consisted in replacing the heavy iron studs of the soles of boots with resistant rubber lugs.

What distinguishes the technological innovation of the Carrarmato sole is the combination of rubber, used as a material, with the iconic and functional tank (a carrarmato) design.

All the sole elements have been designed to ensure traction on any kind of surface, non-slip grip and self-cleaning on muddy ground.

From a stylistic point of view, the central 'crossed' studs recall the flooring decorations of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, but also the crosses which can be found on mountains’ peaks. The lateral 'crown' nails recall the shapes of the iron nails used until then, merging history with innovation.

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