Freedom of design for casual shoes with our PU/TPU materials

In a market characterized by high sophisticated production technology, the characteristics of the chosen material are requested to be at the top. Durability, lightness, freedom of design are key factors for you as a casual shoemaker and casual sole maker to be competitive. With our products, you will win the race.

Outstanding and Individual Casual Shoes and Soles Made of Our PU and TPU

We at BASF understand the end consumer market as well as your business. For more than fourty years, we have been developing, producing, and selling the tailor-made high-performance footwear materials PU and TPU. Compared to other materials our PU and TPU have clear advantages: better long-term flexibility, better tear strength, better resistance to puncture, better hydrolysis-resistance, better flexibility over broad temperature scales and greater design flexibility. They can be produced in any color using color pastes or masterbatches. Multi-colored soles are also possible. And not to forget: we offer a material which sounds like wood, feels like wood and looks like wood.

Elastopan® and Elastollan® bind well both without any auxiliary agent or pre-treatment. Processing of Elastollan® and Elastopan® is uncomplicated. This reduces the costs, making the production of assembly units more economic.

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We offer a comprehensive range of products with a broad variety of property profiles. Find the right product for you!

Elastollan® for the Footwear Industry

Excellent properties, such as mechanical strength, resistance to abrasion, and slip resistance, together with a broad range of possible degrees of hardness make Elastollan® an ideal material for footwear applications.


Elastopan® offers high-performance and innovative solutions for producers of casual shoes, safety shoes and sport shoes. It is a multi-component polyurethane foam system for the production of mid-, out- and insoles. It is compatible with casting and injection machines.


Infinergy® is the world's first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU). This closed-cell particle foam can be used anywhere, where a combination of low weight, excellent mechanical properties and good long-term durability is required.

Innovative materials for various purposes

Racing to the Future: BASF NA Footwear Development Center

The footwear industry is in a constant race to new technologies. Find out how we develop them together with our customers.

Mashup Generation: Footwear Design Contest BASF & Politecnico Calzaturiero

Discover how BASF materials Elastollan® and Elastopan® helped realizing Linda Lipari's design draft for a shoe sole. 

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For Safety Data Sheets on Elastopan®, please contact our PU Infopoint. Our experts are also happy to provide you with any other information.

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