We’ve seen amazing, sometimes unbelievable, innovations in footwear over the past years. There’s the running shoes that double as a fitness tracker, the shoes that change color, and the shoes with a built-in heating system.
Now, the British shoemaker Inov-8 is also jumping on the bandwagon by incorporating graphene into their sneakers, which will be called the G-series. This endeavor will be made possible with the help of the University of Manchester, the institution that studied the strength of graphene.
According to their study, this element is “the thinnest material on earth and is 200 times stronger than steel.” It is just one-atom thick yet it is revolutionary when it comes to strength. Also, graphene is highly flexible. It can be twisted, bent, and stretched without it breaking apart.
These attributes of the graphene are what Inov-8 is banking on. It is including graphene in its production of athletic shoes for the off-road runners and fitness athletes. These are the individuals who need the most durable footwear to surpass the varying environment they go through—especially wet trails and sweaty gyms.
Inov-8 G-series will combine traction, stretch, and durability in one lightweight package that has “never [been] seen before in sports footwear…When added to the rubber used in Inov-8 G-Series shoes, graphene imparts all its properties, including its strength. Our unique formulation makes these outsoles 50% stronger, 50% more stretchy and 50% more resistant to wear than the corresponding industry standard rubber without graphene.”
This means the G-series should be able to adjust to the surface the wearer steps on more easily while having a longer shelf life than the average shoes.
The makers also mentioned that this is just the beginning of the use of graphene in their products. They haven’t specifically mentioned what they have in mind after the G-series, but we are pretty sure it would be something revolutionary should the G-series prove to be a success.
G-series shoes will be available in 2018 at a price around $200.
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