TENCEL™ for Footwear

feels comfy, naturally

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers from Lenzing make complete sustainable shoe solutions possible. They can be used for every part in the shoe, whether as textile fiber in the upper fabric, lining, insoles and laces / zipper / sewing thread, as nonwoven fiber in insoles or padding, or as TENCEL™ Lyocell powder in outsoles.

To learn more, please see our TENCEL™ for Footwear leaflet.

applicable products

upper fabrics, linings, insoles, laces, zippers, sewing thread, insoles, as TENCEL™ Lyocell powder in paddings and outer soles.

blending partners

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are versatile and can be combined with a wide range of textile fibers such as cotton, polyester, acrylic, wool, and silk to enhance fabrics with regard to their aesthetics, performance and functionality.

key benefits


botanic origin

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are derived from sustainably grown wood sources, harvested from certified and controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy. Moreover, wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group comes from sustainable forestry — semi-natural forests and sustainably managed plantations. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have earned United States Department of Agriculture BioPreferred® designation.


sustainable production

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have gained a reputation for their environmentally responsible closed loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low ecological impact. This solvent-spinning process recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%. This economically viable manufacturing process received the European Award for the Environment from the European Commission in the category “The Technology Award for Sustainable Development”.

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have earned United States Department of Agriculture BioPreferred® designation. Moreover, all Lenzing fiber production sites operate according to a certified Environmental Management and Occupational Health and Safety system (ISO14001, OHSAS 18001).


biodegradable and compostable

Derived from nature, all TENCEL™ standard Lyocell and Modal fiber types have been certified as compostable and biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, thus they can fully revert back to nature.


enhanced breathability

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers support body temperature regulating properties through their moisture management. Derived from natural material, the microscopic fibrils of cellulosic fibers are structured to regulate the absorption and release of moisture, contributing to fabric breathability that supports the body’s natural thermal regulation. The Lyocell cellulose fibers have a higher vapor uptake than cotton.


moisture management

Moisture management is an important criterion for shoes. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers, especially in the construction of the inner lining, padding and insole, contribute to effective moisture management. Compared to synthetic fibers, the moisture management of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers is more efficient. The fibril structure of the fibers supports the body’s natural thermal regulation mechanism and keeps feet feeling cool and dry.

Compared to synthetic fibers, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have an efficient moisture uptake — in some cases an improvement in moisture management of up to 50% was measured with TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers.


unfavorable for bacterial growth

Through moisture management, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers absorb moisture efficiently, as measured by the Vapor Uptake test and Water Retention Value. In comparison to polyester and synthetics, there is less available moisture formed on the surface of the fiber for bacteria to grow. Consequently, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers provide a less favorable environment for bacterial growth.


gentle on skin

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are naturally soft to the touch and offer long-lasting comfort. When viewed under an electron microscope, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers exhibit a smooth surface area, giving fabrics a soft feel and ensuring comfort for sensitive skin.



Viewed under an electron microscope, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers exhibit a sleek surface area, giving textiles a luxurious sheen. The deeper dye uptake and smooth fiber surface of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers make them shine perceptibly more intensively than cotton fabrics.



TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are naturally smooth to the touch, as evidenced by the TSA/Tissue Softness Analyzer test. When viewed under an electron microscope, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers exhibit a sleek surface area, enabling fabrics to glide lightly over skin.

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