The shoe brand Inov-8 continues to launch innovations that will revolutionize the sports market. In 2018 they plan to take off some shoes with graphene soles. You probably do not know what this material is or what its integration will involve in the sole, but do not worry, we’ll tell you everything.
What is graphene?
Graphene is a material discovered by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004. In 2010, the research team was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of the discovery of graphene and its extraordinary properties. It is a material 200 times stronger than steel, but remaining incredibly flexible and resistant.
It is not surprising that including this material in a pair of sneakers was a challenge to achieve. And the British brand Inov-8 appeared, which ventured into this technological adventure. And it is not random, they say that graphene is produced from graphite and the latter was extracted for the first time from the hills of Lake Disctrict (northern England). Yes, in the same region where Inov-8 was created. It can be destiny, tradition or chance.
Statements on the G-Series
Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan, specialist in nanomaterials at the University of Manchester:” Despite being the thinnest material in the world, graphene is also the strongest and 200 times stronger than steel. It is also extraordinarily flexible, and can bend, twist, bend and stretch without incurring any damage. When added to the rubber used in the Inov-8 G-Series shoes, graphene imparts all its properties, including its strength. Our unique formula makes these soles 50% more resistant, 50% more elastic and 50% more resistant to wear than rubber. Graphene enhanced rubber can flex and grip all surfaces more effectively, without wearing out quickly, providing a reliably strong and durable grip.”
Michael Price, marketing and product director, I Nov-8: ” Off-road racers and fitness athletes live at the extreme sports and need the most external grip possible to optimize their performance, whether it’s running on wet tracks or training at sweaty gyms. The new rubber that we have developed with the National Graphene Institute of the University of Manchester allows us to break the limits of grip. OU to s liger as shoes G-Series offer a combination of traction, stretching and durability never before seen in sports shoes. 2018 will be the year of the toughest grip in the world.”
For now the price of these shoes is unknown , but we will take little time to discover it since its launch is scheduled for this year. Undoubtedly, it is a new material that has just begun to be implemented in everyday accessories. Soon we will see it also in mobile batteries, roads and many other uses. We are facing a breakthrough in nanotechnology.