out·sole | \ˈau̇t-ˌsōl \

Definition of outsole 

: the outside sole of a boot or shoe

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The design draws inspiration from the classic Puma Clyde and features an engineered knit upper, the brands’ iconic formstripe and a rubber translucent outsole. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Can Puma Carve Out Space in the Basketball Sneaker Business?," 27 June 2018 Since the company's inception in California, Vans has used a proprietary formula involving a mix of compounds, tread patterns, and design details to create its skate shoe outsoles. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Watch How Vans Makes Its Secret Skate Shoe Rubber," 8 Mar. 2016 Loading View on Instagram The shoe features a knit upper and sock-like ankle, a blue guard along the insole, a pebbled white outsole that gradiates into a thin orange band towards the back. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Can Sell The People Anything—Even Sneakers," 30 June 2018 The Cargo colorway is designed with a buckle strap and full-length Boost, and features a light beige outsole and olive tones across a raw leather upper. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "With adidas James Harden has plenty of room to create," 4 July 2018 The Romeos are super stable (thanks to Goodyear rubber outsoles), protective, and comfy for long hours. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "Summer's Best Workwear for Men and Women," 28 June 2018 Salomon added a lightweight layer between the outsole and midsole to minimize fatigue, control unwanted motion, and maximize the energy output of each step. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Best Women’s Hiking Boots," 22 Jan. 2018 The mixture then divides into rough shapes, basically outsole blanks that then fit on any one of five or six skate-specific outsole molds. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Watch How Vans Makes Its Secret Skate Shoe Rubber," 8 Mar. 2016 There’s no shame in copping a pair of these, even if that sturdy rubber outsole never, ever touches the earthly dirt of a mountain trail. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Our Legacy Joins the Hiking Sneaker Craze," 30 Apr. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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