1936. The intuition

Over 75 years of innovation

Vibram is the world leader in the production and sale of high performance rubber outsoles in the markets of sport, leisure, work footwear, orthopedic and repair.

The history of Vibram dates back to 1937, when Vitale Bramani, Academic of the Italian Alpine Club, returned from a tragic alpine climb and had the brilliant idea of developing rubber hiking boot soles. These would be produced using the same technique used by Pirelli for the production of tires. As a result the first vulcanized rubber sole and the famous Carrarmato” design was born. This design went on to start a legacy of rubber sole designs changing footwear design forever.

Over the decades Vibram has been committed to developing a range of products that provide excellent performance in a wide range of activities including outdoor sports (such as mountaineering, motorcycling, hiking, etc. ..... trailrunning) to fashion, work and leisure.

Thanks to continuous investments in innovation, research and development, Vibram can be so far considered as the world leader in soling. The yellow octagon logo symbolizes the high performance, quality and safety that Vibram is known for world wide.

2012 Vibram flagship store in Boston
After the first Vibram flagship store in Milano (Via Sanzio), Vibram opens its second store in Boston. The chosen location is Newbury Street, in the heart of the city, surrounded by interesting bars and restaurants. Newbury Street is also home to some of the most important outdoor brands, many of which are, of course, Vibram clients, like Patagonia and The North Face. In the Vibram flagship stores you can find all the Vibram fivefingers® styles as well as historical Vibram milestones and all the other Vibram products: not a simple shop but a real Vibram experience.


2011 “The extraordinary story” Vibram film at Trento Film Festival
Vibram presents its "The extraordinary story" docu-film at the 60th edition of the Trento Film Festival, the oldest and most important international movie festival focusing on mountain, exploration and adventure. In the following months, the international success of the “extraordinary story” of the five Vibram® athletes at the The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® 2011 edition confirms Vibram's leading role in the trailrunning world.


2010 Vibram Vibram fivefingers® at EXPO 2010 Shanghai
Vibram fivefingers® represents the design excellence at the Italian Pavilion of the Shanghai EXPO 2010. Vibram fivefingers® has been chosen as part of a group of companies to show the world life in the city of the future, combining traditional and new architectural concepts as well as revolutionary products and materials. Vibram fivefingers® provides a clear example of how research is a key requirement at Vibram in order to be always a step ahead in meeting the needs and demands of new generations, in sport and free time as well as in everyday life.


2009 Vibram China Technological Center
As a symbol of Vibram’s commitment in research and innovation, the Vibram China Technological Center opening was celebrated on April 9th with Chinese and Italian political and business representatives and authorities. Empowered by avant-garde structures and outstanding Performing Test Center, equipped with the latest research instruments for new products to be developed and tested, the Center has the dual mission of expanding the range of Vibram technologies and reinforcing the cooperation with other companies, building a true network of qualified partners.


2008 Grip Your World
Performing soles with maximum grip to unlock your world. It starts from the snow sports the new Vibram ad campaign which remarks the importance of having a perfect control of all the surfaces under your feet. Go anywhere and do everything, let the world be your oyster by trusting your gear and footwear.


2007 The Seventieth Anniversary
Vibram celebrates its seventieth anniversary and starts the construction of a new Technology Center at Canton, in China. The site is provided with state of the art infrastructures, including a futuristic Performing Test Center equipped with the latest research instruments.


2006 Just for Me
The Just for Me collection, an elegant techno-chic line of shoes designed by Vibram, is launched.


2005 FiveFingers
Vibram launches FiveFingers, a foot glove, a true “second skin,” revolutionizing the concept of walking “barefoot.”


2004 VSM Technology
Vibram presents VSM Technology, an innovation for Supermotard riders. Composed of a rubber sole andinterchangeable sliders, VSM Technology offers performance and superior flexibility compared to those already present in the market.


2003 Flip Flop
The Vibram Flip Flop is launched. Thanks to the exclusive Vibram technology and Sigerson Morrison design, the classic slipper changes .


2002 The Annapurna Conquest
Alone, without additional oxygen and after three failed attempts, Jean Christophe Lafaille, along with his Vibram soles, conquers Annapurna.


2001 Vibram Monster
The Monster trekking sole is created. A revolutionary design, it uses directional fins to help the foot in following the correct biomechanical cycle.


2000 Yellow Tag International
Vibram sponsors the International Yellow-Tag Competition, created to award the most advanced expressions of design and technology in the use of rubber and elastic materials, in order to create the products of the future.


1999 Vibram Tester Team
Extreme climber Jean Christophe Lafaille joins the Vibram Tester Team and tests Vibram products in the most extreme situations, contributing to the company's commitment to research and development.


1998 Landing in the Far East
Our production center in China begins operations, matching the highest quality standards reached in Italy.


1995 Vibram Clusaz Rigid System
The Clusaz Rigid System is launched. It is the first mountain climbing sole provided with a rigid framework modeled in the rubber.


1994 Vibram Ecostep
Vibram introduces Ecostep, an innovative eco-mix, which incorporates production scraps, capable of reducing waste and the use of virgin materials by up to 30%.


1991 The First PU Innersole
Light and designed to absorb shock, the PU innersole and the Fourà sole are launched. PU immediately establishes itself as the standard for long distances, which require effective shock-protection.


1989 Vibram Gumlite
Gumlite, a rubber-foam compound, that is highly resistant and 30% lighter than traditional rubber, is launched.


1988 Vibram Grip
Grip is introduced. The first super-adherent rubber sole designed for freeclimbing, it will be used by all the greatest champions.


1984 Vibram Evaflex
Vibram enters the Dress and Casual market by launching Evaflex, a super light sole made of EVA for the maximum comfort of casual shoes.


1969 Golden Plaque
To highlight the new innovative “marca oro” (golden brand) compound, a yellow plate is to the “1100 Montagna Suole” (1100 Mountain Soles) and “1100 Montagna Tacco” (1100 Mountain Heel). Over time, this plate will become the symbol of the company.


1967 Vibram Security
Vibram joins the safety market, launching the Security sole, made with a compound based on oil-resistant Nitrile. Security is the first sole guaranteed for the life of the shoe.


1965 Vibram in North America
The Quabaug Rubber Co. becomes the exclusive licensee and manufacturer of Vibram soles in North America.


1954 The K2 Conquest
Guided by Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, a team of Italian mountain climbers, equipped with special Dolomite boots with Vibram soles, conquers K2. It’s a great success celebrated by the international outdoors community, and marks the debut of the specialization of shoes by using different models for each leg of the expedition: trekking, approaching march, altitude, high altitude, etc.


1945 The First Production Facility
The Vibram production facility at Albizzate (Varese-Italy) opens.


1937 Carrarmato: The First Vibram Sole
Assisted by Pirelli, Bramani patents his invention and launches the first Vibram sole.


1936 The Original Idea
Tragedy drives Vitale Bramani to develop a sole capable of excellent traction on mixed surfaces. Using vulcanized rubber technology, he develops the Carrarmato design. It will soon be famous. Even today it remains one of the most used soles by mountain climbers.


1935 Tragedy
Six of Vitale Bramani's companions lose their lives on the Resica mountain. Contributing to the tragedy was the lack of suitable footwear for dealing with mixed surfaces such as extreme cold, ice and deep snow.