13 Jan Innovators Of The Year
With its latest footwear traction technology, Arctic Grip, Vibram took on wet ice, the slickest surface encountered during the winter months. The new soles integrate a material that grips wet ice like a tongue to a cold flagpole. To warn wearers of an impending dangerous chill, Arctic Grip also features thermochromatic lugs on the outsole that turn blue when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. It also promises to be durable to maintain performance over miles of wear. After more than two years in development, Arctic Grip launched this fall as an exclusive to six brands owned by Wolverine Worldwide — Merrell, Sperry, Hush Puppies, Wolverine, Saucony and Cat Footwear.