TPU Solutions for Performance Footwear

One Shoe. One Material. One Earth.™

Committed to helping the footwear industry reduce shoe waste, we work with footwear manufacturers to engineer to produce responsibly, improve product lifespan, and enhance material circularity. 

With our advanced TPU technology, footwear manufacturers can use one versatile material during production to help simplify the process, therefore using less energy. TPU scraps leftover during production can also be reused, resulting in less waste. Footwear composed of 100% TPU also enables the regrind to be repurposed at the end of its use.*

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Lubrizol 100 Percent TPU Prototype Shoe

100% TPU Prototype Shoe

Our 100% TPU prototype shoe helps realize a closed circularity loop from "production" to "recycling" and contains bio-content grades from renewable sources.


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Your Total TPU Solution for Footwear

We offer an expansive thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolio featuring extensive footwear application capabilities that can be used to form every component of a shoe. Our innovative TPU portfolio is engineered to meet high-performance footwear demands to achieve deeper customization, comfort, performance and durability.

Benefits Include:

  • Outstanding abrasion and wear resistance
  • Crystal clarity and reduced yellowness
  • Excellent low temperature flexibility
  • Solvent-free bonding
  • UV resistance


Advanced TPU Technology for Every Footwear Application

Upper Yarns

Esdex™ TPU is made to optimize shoe function and comfort, while keeping the upper construction smart and lightweight.

Midsoles, Foam and Cushioning

BounCell-X is a low density, plasticizer-free and recyclable* thermoplastic foam technology that delivers high-rebound, die-hard cushioning with superior color capabilities.


ESTANE® TRX TPU is a functional alternative to rubber that offers the highly-efficient plastic molding manufacturers need, while delivering wet/dry traction.

Renewable-Sourced Materials

ESTANE® ECO is a bio-based** TPU for soft touch injection molded applications that reduces environmental impact without compromising performance benefits.

Adhesives Assembly

Pearlbond™ TPU provides the flexibility to join seemingly endless substrates together while offering a broad range of heat activation temperatures, setting times, and unmatched production flexibility.

Eyelets, Heel Cups, Logos and Toe Caps

Our versatile and light-weight ESTANE® TPU grades can be engineered for various overlays, composites and molded footwear parts, providing durability and strong resilience.

3D Printed Shoe Components

ESTANE® 3D TPU is a soft, flexible material that offers design freedom and greater opportunities for customization.

Rigid Shoe Plates, Stability and Torsion Components

ESTANE® HMHR TPU is an innovative, resilient TPU that serves as the replacement for harder to bond, polyamide or polyamide elastomers, ideal for rigid outsole shoe components.
FootJoy Versatrax+ Golf Course

ESTANE® TRX TPU Powers FootJoy's VersaTrax+ Outsole Technology

After a series of material tests, FootJoy determined ESTANE® TRX TPU provided exceptional traction performance and design flexibility for innovative models of spikeless and premiere golf shoes.

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*Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.
**Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTMD D6866

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