For example, the most important “tool” of the kicker: its shoes. Many models of football cleats have uppers of high quality leather, which are “refined” after tanning with special coatings. This production stage, which in the jargon of the trade is called “finishing”, does not merely provide shine, color, and a pleasant surface feel. For football cleats, it does one thing above all else: Despite continuous contact with the ball, grass, soil, and water, the leather remains virtually unscathed. Applied in gossamer-thin layers, the LANXESS synthetic polymers – such as Aquaderm, Bayderm or Euderm from the polyacrylate and polyurethane families – make the leather robust.
The right sole construction offers optimum support and cushioning: Renowned brands use the high performance fiber composite Tepex® for the soles of their cleats, which LANXESS produces in Brilon, located in the Sauerland hill region. The material is particularly firm and rigid due to the use of continuous filaments. At the same time, its weight is extremely low. Many successful players appreciate this.