The first prototypes for running track
A young Francesc Mates, with only 16 years old, begins to manufacture his own shoes to compete in different athletic events.
The design, finishes and quality of manufacturing, as well as the benefits offered by those first models, attracted the attention of athletes and coaches from different sports disciplines, who began to request them to improve their performance.
The creation of the MaTeS Ligers
After several tests and prototypes, Francesc Mates presented the first versions of the Ligers shoes, designed specifically for the speed tests on the tracks.
The technical solutions provided by the MaTeS Ligers represented a qualitative leap in the sport shoes: crepe reinforcements in the heel and the metatarsal side, as well as a light and resistant structure, positioned it as one of the most outstanding references in high competition.
New technical solutions in Triple Jump
The special Triple Jump characteristics (for their requirement) caused that Francesc Mates improved the performance offered by the shoes available, incorporating a new piece of microporous (EVA) to improve the momentum in the heel area. Wider at the base for greater stability, it reinforces the areas of greater wear and achieves excellent grip with the 6 spikes for the approach phase.
These technical innovations represented an important advance in the discipline and remained in force for decades.
The javelin shoes, a challenge
The javelin shoes are the most complex to develop due to the different movements of the foot contained in the various phases of the throw. This shoes require a good grip on the ankle, proper traction, a reinforced structure that allows the foot to drag and a good stability for the last phase.
After long study days with prominent throwers, Francesc Mates developed a specific model for this discipline, providing important technical innovations and significantly improving the performance of the shoes in each of the phases of the throw.
The birth of Myrna
Coinciding with the birth of his daughter Myrna, Francesc Mates named one of his most representative designs with the same name.
The Myrna shoes were launched on the market as multipurpose shoes for all kinds of sports. Soon these achieved great popularity due to its excellent cushioning with an innovative system of holes in the sole, its reinforced structure in the toe and heel, as well as the quality of its finishes.
The use of dual density EVA midsoles changed the pre-established concepts, a solution that was taken as its own for most footwear manufacturers during the 60’s and 70’s. Don’t Myrna shoes remind you very popular designsr3 from other brands?
New design for long jump
Francesc Mates’ meticulous biomechanical studies of all sports disciplines led him to constantly innovate to improve the performance of athletes in competition.
The long jump shoes, with a very thin leather sole, became a benchmark of the time.
MaTeS revolutionizes handball
The absence of a specific model of handball that would respond to the demanding technical needs of the handball players, who used primitive canvas shoes, led MaTeS to develop a specific model for this discipline.
The relationship of Francesc Mates with the most outstanding players of the Handball sections of FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, reference teams of the moment, allowed him to study this discipline in depth and develop the first MaTeS shoes specifically for Handball.
An icon: Cross shoes
MaTeS Cross shoes brought important innovations to the rudimentary footwear that was used to participate in cross-country races.
Inspired by the hooves of the mountain goats, Francesc Mates developed a system of blocks strategically placed in different areas of the sole, achieving excellent grip on wet with a special facility to expel the mud that was stuck in the sole by the movement itself athlete.
Kangaroo leather in competition
The lightness, fit and resistance of kangaroo leather have made it the most valued material for sporting use; still today it’s still used and there is no synthetic material that matches its excellent performance.
The permanent innovation of MaTeS led to develop sport shoes made with kangaroo leather in different finishes for elite athletes, especially for use in speed competitions.
MaTeS in Weightlifting
The sport shoes have played a fundamental role in improving the performance of athletes, but these have rarely been banned because they are considered advantageous and decisive in competition.
After a long period of studies, Francesc Mates conceived a model designed with a pyramid sole to improve stability and facilitate the movement and impulse of the body.
The results obtained in competition were so excellent that the European Federation prohibited them because they considered that the athletes who used MaTeS shoes obtained better marks than those who used shoes from other manufacturers.
The fastest shoes in athletics track
MaTeS shoes with blue suede, in competition and training versions, became one of the options best valued by athletes due to its lightness, adaptability and resistance.
The use of a base with interchangeable spikes allowed to change the typology of the same ones depending on the surface in which it was run.
Speed shoes for indoor track
The sports facilities of the time were far from standardisation and depending on the city, club or discipline, the technical needs varied considerably depending on the surfaces on which it was run.
With the desire to solve these peculiarities, MaTeS had a wide range of unique shoes such as these speed shoes for indoor track, designed to offer good grip on parquet.
Leader in Handball
After several years as a footwear supplier of the most outstanding clubs, including the handball sections of Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona, Francesc Mates developed technical solutions that improved the already excellent performance of his shoes for this sport, highlighting the lateral reinforcement wrapping on the sole (1965), which was consolidated as the best basis on which to create new designs.
Throughout the decade of the 70s, the MaTeS handball shoes became a benchmark, substantially improving lateral control, grip and durability.
Today this shoes continue to be manufactured following the meticulous craft processes characteristic of MaTeS.
Jordi Llopart win the gold medal
The legendary marcher Jordi Llopart won the 50 kilometres race walk European Championships in Prague in 1978 with his MaTeS shoes made of kangaroo leather, made to measure by Francesc Mates.
The victory of Jordi Llopart represented one of the most important milestones in Spanish athletics.
The rise of the Marathon
After several prototypes destined for long-distance races, MaTeS developed sport shoes specifically designed for the Marathon.
The reinforced upper part, the use of lighter and more resistant nylons, an optimal cushioning system and an outsole of suction cups designed to offer the best grip in asphalt, meant an important advance in the shoes destined to this discipline.
Innovating in indoor sports
The demanding performance required for indoor sports shoes has always been a challenge for manufacturers.
Throughout its history, MaTeS has managed to occupy an important role in this sector, especially in Squash, which require a series of reinforcements placed strategically in the upper part and in the sole to improve grip in the sudden changes of direction that occur in the practice of this sport.