Crepe is a derivative of natural rubber that is used in the manufacture of shoe soles.
The crepe soles, Where does the raw material originate?
The crepe soles are made of natural rubber of the highest quality.
The soles of natural rubber or crepe came from the idea of producing soles in the same way that the indigenous people of South America did.
The natives of these areas of the world used the sap of the Hevea tree to make them.
The sap is collected by cutting thin strips of bark from the tree, making tree “bleed”, it is nothing but latex that is collected and with which these soles are made.
These cuts does not affect the tree that is even strengthened if it is allowed to recover long enough.
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Each tree produces approximately 50 g of sap per day on average.
For each pair of soles of average size, size 42/ 8UK, 25-30 cuts are needed. Although of course this will also depend on the thickness of the sole.
Today the use of crepe have become a rarity that we continue to maintain in our handmade footwear.
They are complex to manufacture and more expensive than other types of rubber for shoe soles gradually replaced by other types of materials such as EVA, TPU or light rubber.
Materials that are cheaper and easier to work with but are not in the tradition of creepers shoes a true icon and a hallmark for an entire generation of ‘rockandrollers’ in the decades of the 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s of the last century.
We use this material that requires expert knowledge and a lot of experience for the finishing of crepe soles due our love for the essence of this type of footwear.
Before the manufacturing process of our creepers shoes we documented deeply on the materials that were used in the first original creepers shoes made at the end of the 40s.
The crepe was the material used at that time.
And it is the crepe is the type of material used for the soles of both the original creepers and all the models that we tailor for our customers.
This type of soles are no longer found in industrial shoes, crepe are used mainly in the luxury sector.
Besides our love for the original style, we have good reasons to bet on this material for the sole.
The crepe sole is formed by a rubber derivative with rough texture, this makes it very well suited to many floors and moisture that may be in it.
The material have open pores and, therefore, has an excellent grip on slippery surfaces, very similar to the skin of a gecko.
As a counterpart of those ‘open pores’ shoes with crepe soles absorb dust provoking some patina effect.
Over time, the sole reflects the long and often dusty path that the shoe user has taken, giving the shoe a very special personality.
A crepe sole is a completely natural product with extraordinary strength and a smooth finish that guarantees a hard-to-match comfort.
This makes the feeling that this type of sole offers to the foot very comfortable.
In addition to a good grip, it is a great insulator for cold and heat.It offers a good flexion facilitating the movement of the foot in the middle partt, which is precisely the most delicate part of the human foot, helping natural flexion of the foot in its arch.
When the foot hits the ground, the crepe sole acts as a kind of natural cushion that protects tendons and ligaments thanks to the thousands of air bubbles they contain resulting in an extremely comfortable sole that allows its use long hours.
A good sole in addition to cushioning must provide support since if the foot sinks into the sole of the foot, the arch of the foot is tensed.
The crepe sole avoids this problem as they do not deform easily.
If anyone is thinking about the environment, the answer is yes, the crepe is 100% recyclable and also biodegradable, something that can not be said for TPU and EVA rubber soles.
The benefits of crepe soles do not derive solely from natural origin when it comes to talking about sustainability.
If you join all these circumstances you already have an explanation of why we keep them in our creepers to the point that they are the hallmark of the Creepers Custom brand.
How should I care for crepe soles?
The crepe sole is robust and durable, does not need any special care.
It is a natural product and like a leather sole, it should not be exposed to any extreme environmental influence.
To be able to enjoy the soles as much as possible, you should avoid contact with extremely hot asphalt (for example, in desert areas).
Caution: shoes should not come in contact with gasoline or similar solvents, as this can damage the surface, so be careful with gas stations.
Crepe soles are as durable as soles made with production methods that use minerals or chemicals.
How do I distinguish genuine from artificial crepe?
Many footwear manufacturers use artificial crepe because it is considerably cheaper and easier to manufacture.
The genuine crepe can be identified through its appearance, open and wrinkled structure, touch is porous, and offers great grip.
And particularly its smell: a mixture of oat straw and stationary rubber that if it has been smelled once will be easy to identify.
The great difference can be seen in the softness, flexibility, naturalness and sustainability that this type of sole provides.
In the artificial versions you will not have any of the mentioned characteristics of the natural crepe.
That’s why we only use Creepers Custom natural crepe.
It also provides characteristics impossible to reproduce in artificial crepe as seen on the typical soles of creepers of low cost and low quality.
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