From a source that could not be more natural, Hevea milk gives life to a new kind of sole. Elasticity, flexibility and resistance are the hallmarks of the LACTAE HEVEA® sole.

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“Hevea milk, excellence by nature”

From a source that could not be more natural, Hevea milk gives life to a new kind of sole. Elasticity, flexibility and resistance are the hallmarks of the LACTAE HEVEA® sole.

By developing the CANNON BANANA , our designers wanted to combine the benefits of our algae-based soles with the virtues offered by Hevea milk. Result: we obtain a unique SAOLA sole that is more and more natural!

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Origin and production of Hevea milk:

It was at the beginning of the 20th century that the latter was exploited during the boom in rubber. Originating in the Amazon rainforest, Rubberwood is now also grown in Southeast Asia due to humid conditions similar to South America. Most of this milk is produced by numerous independent local producers (80% of production).

The particularity of this tree? The latex . A healthy Hevea can produce natural latex for 30 years depending on its vitality. Namely that after its planting, it is necessary to wait between 7 and 8 years before it is really exploitable.

To collect Hevea milk, it is necessary to make a slight spiral incision (1/2 cm) in the tree in order to release the latex ( natural and not synthetic ). Moreover, being able to reach up to 30 meters in height, the circumference of the tree must be between 50 centimeters and 1 meter in order to be able to be exploited.

Contrary to popular belief, milk is in the form of a viscous liquid and is not like sap or resin. The latex is actually the shield of the tree , this is what will protect it from the various surrounding bacteria. Moreover, this is why the latex contained in the LACTAE HEVEA ® labeled insoles does not need any treatment or additives, so let's take care of our forests!

Extraction and molding process:

Similar to dairy products, Hevea's milk refining method has several stages:

  • Milk recovery: the daily harvest from about twenty trees is necessary for the manufacture of a single pair of soles
  • Pouring milk into molds
  • Liquid clotting
  • High temperature cooking
  • Demoulding of soles
  • Drying: this step is very important because it allows moisture to withdraw. The evaporation of the latter by the innumerable micro-alveoli form small cushions of air. This feature allows the sole to become very flexible, very elastic and even more resistant while ensuring exceptional comfort . This method finally brings an unparalleled lightness. Dense 0.9 g/cm3, immerse it in water, it won't sink (the sole, not the shoe, let's be clear).

Why excellent insoles?

To guarantee you extreme comfort , we have chosen to mix this technology with our algae-based soles (BLOOM FOAM).

The manufacturing process of soles originating in an alchemy between modern times and traditions , this craft inspires many brands for the virtues they transmit. Recognized for its protective continence and extreme comfort, the LACTAE HEVEA® sole guarantees unequaled support and distribution of support. The medical profession also recommends its use. Each small yoke is thus carefully chosen.

Little by little we are convinced that we will obtain the best solution so that your feet feel the best possible while respecting our environment.

But that won't happen without you and your feedback!

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