How Pleaser USA make their amazing shoes is one of the questions we are asked on a regular basis, and Pleaser recently answered the question for us all.

Pleaser’s platform shoe bottoms are made out of either Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) or Polycarbonate (PC) resins source from the worlds leading material manufacturers and suppliers.

Both ABS (commonly used for coloured platform bottoms) and PC (commonly used for clear shoe bottoms) are 100% recyclable.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic resin that is tough, hard and rigid and has good chemical resistance and dimensional stability. It’s original raw material colour is translucent ivory to white.

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate (PC) is an amorphous engineering polymer that provides exceptional thermal stability, impact resistance and clarity, it’s original raw material colour is opaque to clear.

The diagram below shows the relative impact strength when compared to other commonly used plastics such as ABS, Polystyrene or Nylon.

Impact Strength of Materials Used in Pleaser Shoes

So what material is used in which Pleaser shoe bottoms?

Black Gloss ABS Platforms

Black Gloss ABS Platforms

Injection moulded bottom using ABS resins in their natural colour with black colour pigments added (semi-matte and grey-ish in appearance).

The shoes are then spray painted with a protective coating of glossy black paint.

Black Matte ABS Platform Shoe Bottoms

Black Matte ABS Platfoms

Injection moulded bottom using ABS resins in their natural colour with black colour pigments added (semi-matte and grey-ish in appearance).

The shoes are then spray painted with a protective coating of matte black paint

Coloured ABS Bottoms

Coloured ABS Bottoms

Injection moulded platform bottoms using ABS resin in their natural colour.

These platform bottoms are then spray painted with gloss or matte coloured paint (e.g. white or red etc)

injection Moulded Clear PC Platform Bottoms

Clear Polycarbonate Bottoms

Injection moulded polycarbonate (PC) platform bottoms using clear PC resins require no finishing.