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Seamless shoe features Dyneema fiber

Swatches | October 1, 2021 | By:

When shoe brand norda™ set out to create a high-performing, sustainable trail running shoe, it looked outside the standard materials used in the footwear industry and selected biobased Dyneema® fibers, according to norda founders Willamina and Nick Martire. Photo: Chris DeStefano/Royal DSM

A new seamless trail running shoe by norda is constructed with biobased Dyneema® fiber, offering lightweight performance and sustainability. As the Canadian company’s flagship product, the norda001 shoe features a seamless upper with increased foot stability and comfort for the wearer. Dyneema fibers are also used to increase abrasion resistance and stretch in the shoelaces, providing four times the level of strength when compared to standard lace materials. 

According to Dyneema maker Royal DSM, Dyneema fiber is engineered at the molecular level to provide high strength, low weight, waterproof and breathable properties—fusing the technical performance of ultralight materials with aesthetic design that does not sacrifice strength or durability. 

Biobased Dyneema performs as well as conventional Dyneema, with a carbon footprint that is 90 percent lower than generic high modulus polyethylene (HMPE). 

“The latest development with norda is an example of how Dyneema fibersare enabling our customers to deliver the highest performing products made with the most sustainably sourced materials to end consumers,” says Marcio Manique, global business director, consumer and professional protection, DSM Protective Materials. 

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