Cork is 100% natural and has unique mechanical, physical and chemical properties, making it an ideal raw material for a multiple range of applications.
As a vegetable tissue formed by millions of micro-cells, filled with a gaseous mixture identical to air, cork has unique properties: lightness, impermeability, elasticity, compressibility and natural orthopedic qualities.
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When subjected to the weight and heat applied through normal wear, cork insoles mold themselves to the foot. Thanks to cork’s elastic memory, it offers a high level of comfort by creating a custom fit that conforms to the wearer’s natural shape.
Bacteria feeds on the sweat secreted by feet inside of the footwear. With cork footbeds there is less cumulative moisture in the shoe, which prevents organisms from growing and colonizing.
The cork’s antimicrobial properties allows you to have an odor-free shoe.
Other types of shoe materials do not absorb shock quite as well as cork. The material's natural elasticity reduces the impact force that is transmitted into the ankles, shins and knees, reducing joint stress.
Cork’s elastic memory and shock absorption capacity is able to hold the heel and foot in an orthopedically correct position, reducing instances of plantar fasciitis.
Cork is water-resistant, that is why it is used as the primary material for wine bottle stoppers. When applied in footbeds, it is crucial that water is not absorbed so that the feet do not get wet.
In orthopedic and podiatry applications, cork has proved to have an excellent performance and great results in correction, pain relieving and comfort.
CORKSRIBAS has long and tradition as one of the main suppliers to the footwear industry around the world.
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