AP4. Vibram (VIB)
Vibram is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance rubber soles for outdoor and leisure activities, work wear, fashion, orthopaedics and correction. For over 80 years the yellow octagon that symbolises Vibram has been synonymous worldwide with quality, performance, safety and innovation in the footwear industry. With its international headquarters in Albizzate (Varese) Italy, Vibram produces more than 40 million soles every year, dedicates over one million kilometres to testing, is present in 120 countries and has manufacturing, research and representation bases in the USA, China, Japan, Brazil and Italy.
Sport scientist working in Vibram since 10 years, his main occupation concerns the gait analysis applied to footwear evaluation and leading of special projects related to Vibram technology transfer. Ski racer since he was a child, ski instructor from the age of 19, passionate of all mountain sports, degreed in Sport Science at University of Milan. For Vibram he works on several project like in-vivo evaluation of sport footwear (from running to skiing, climbing and canyoning), vibration analysis and foam materials characterization for foot health. To now he is at the head of motion capture laboratory based in Milan offices, where footwear is characterized with a biomechanical perspective.
Key words: product development, motion capture, field test, footwear, mountain sports