Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The middle layer of a sole, as of an athletic shoe, often designed to disperse weight or provide stability to the foot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The layer of a shoe in between the outsole and insole, typically there for shock absorption.

Etymologies

mid- +‎ sole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • XI with an Air Max 1-like tongue with Jordan tag, and the midsole, which isn't exactly that of an Air Max 1, features a stylized version of the AM1 midsole but with more angling lines and

    VInvesting.com

  • The mudguard shape (in elephant print) and lace-hole construction takes after the XI with an Air Max 1-like tongue with Jordan tag, and the midsole, which isn't exactly that of an Air Max 1, features a stylized version of the AM1 midsole but with more angling lines and Jordan branding.

    VInvesting.com

  • The midsole is a clear indication that these AF1's will be a Supreme AF1, so you already know what to expect to pay when these drop later on this year. via

    TheShoeGame.com - Sneakers & Information

  • The midsole is a little thin and plain, and didn't absorb as much shock as I'd like.

    Zappos.com: new styles

  • The midsole of the cleat is made out of a light weight molded EVA foam that helps absorb the impact load and shock that the foot experiences when playing on the field.

    Dr. Steve Rosenberg: Foot Supports in Baseball Cleats Are the Keys to Staying Balanced

  • FitFlop claims to do it with a "multi-density Microwobbleboard midsole."

    Is that right? Toning flip-flops really shape your legs?

  • The inner construction features a comfortable insole, moisture-removing mesh, and a very supportive midsole that absolutely cradles your foot.

    DANNER PRONGHORN CAMOHIDE GTX

  • Despite my love for the CL slingbacks I've had to return them as the honeycombed construction of the midsole prevented a satisfactory SPD conversion.

    Uncultured: The War of the Wardrobes

  • Each time I arrive in a new locale I tie on my pink and black Brooks with their biodegradable midsole and take to the street.

    Sara Schonhardt: Indonesia Makes Its Mark in a Monument

  • They have a thin midsole, as kids are light and do not need the thick midsoles common in adult models.

    Young Runners

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