Many athletes know Vibram as a leading manufacturer of soles for hiking shoes, casual shoes and running shoes. The brand name consists of the first letters of the founder's name: Vitale Bramani, an Italian alpinist, who founded the company in 1937 in his home town Albizzate. In consequence of several alpine accidents, he aimed to develop a slip-proof rubber sole, which would provide better grip on rough terrain than leather soles used commonly by then. Bramani developed the first profiled rubber sole with the aid of Charles Goodyear's vulcanisation technology and has kept on improving this type of sole in the subsequent years. Quite a bit has happened since that time. In 2006, the brand launched an exceptional pair of shoes with a groundbreaking concept: Vibram FiveFingers are similar to barefoot walking as these innovative natural running shoes have five separate toes and a thin, deconstructed and flexible sole that contours the shape of your foot.