Michelin may be a tyre company producing high quality tyres similar to Continental Tyres, but it has its fingers in several pies all over the world. Due to an expanding corporate structure, Michelin now has diversified interests in several industries all over the world. In the last few years, the company has also tied up with small manufacturers to create trademark clothing and boots for hardcore racing enthusiasts.
Michelin is well-known for its quality motorcycle racing tyres and not MOT testing. In an attempt to cater to motorcycling fans and sporting enthusiasts, the company has now tied up with TCX Boots to create high-performance technical soles for racing boots.
Michelin laid the foundation of this venture way back in 2014. In 2014, Michelin tied up with Jihua, a Chinese textile and manufacturing firm. Jihua specialized in international clothing, but Michelin was planning to share its technical expertise in developing polymer rubber compounds to create innovative soles for bike riders.
With this knowledge sharing and collaborative effort, both companies planned to take over 10% of the technical sole market within five years. Jihua and its international arm JV International planned to make and market the soles to international boot makers that specialized in motorcycle clothing
Finally On the Market
It looks like that the very first boots will be rolling out on the market pretty soon. International boot maker TCX will be offering the very first motorcycle boots with the revolutionary new soles to on-road and off-road drivers from all over the world. .
The boot company will first be using Michelin’s Pilot Road 3 tire-inspired Urban Sole on its legendary X-cube EVO WP motorcycling boots. The Urban Sole is particularly designed to mimic the Michelin Pilot Road 3 tyres with siping dots. These tyres use Michelin’s Patented X-Sipe technology to increase traction on a wet surface. By incorporating this technology in to the soles, TCX plans to make an anti-slip, but ultra-high grip boot for speciality racers.
After that, TCX plans to update their other motorcycle boots with the latest in Michelin soles as well. In fact, the company plans to add the Urban Sole to their X-Cube EVO WP and X-Square Plus boots. In order to add variety, they plan to use the Anakee 3-inspired Adventure Sole on Infinity EVO Gore-Tex motorcycle boots as well. The Adventure Sole mimics the tread pattern on the Anakee 3 touring tyres. The groove pattern on the Anakee 3 is designed to ensure stability on gravel and mud surfaces, and stability on wet roads at high speed. As a result, the sole has a diamond-faceted finish for increased adhesion on wet surfaces and stability on rocky or gravelly surfaces.
High Tech Soles
Michelin and TCX plan to showcase these high-performance boots for both on-road and off-road riders as well. The ideal tread pattern, comfortable boot design and aesthetic appeal can ensure excellent water drainage capacity, maximum grip, and superior performance for racing drivers and fans. At present, these boots are available for sale at speciality motorcycle boot stores or through online websites.