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  Q: What is a EVA midsole for a sneaker

  A: updated (02/03/2012)

EVA stands for Ethylene-vinyl acetate, which is a polymer that has excellent stress and impact resistance properties. The midsole of a shoe can be a misleading term: it does not refer to a position in the middle of the shoe, but is the material between the outsole and upper. It's common to find an EVA midsole in sneakers which come under a great deal of stress. Basketball is one such sport, which requires extra cushioning and impact resistance for it's footwear. The above Nike Dunk High is one such sneaker which features a EVA midsole. Running and skateboarding footwear are two other sports which often require a EVA midsole to provide a comfortable shoe.


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