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The World's Toughest Running Shoes Could Be The Last Pair You Ever Need

by On Dec 11, 2017

inov-8 is launching a revolutionary world-first in the sports footwear market in 2018 following a unique collaboration with scientific experts.

British sportswear brand has teamed up with The University of Manchester to become the first-ever company to incorporate graphene into running and fitness shoes.

Graphene is produced from graphite, a million times thinner than a human hair was first mined in the Lake District fells of Northern England over 450 years ago. It's also the thinnest material on earth and is 200 times stronger than steel.

First isolated at The University of Manchester in 2004, it’s the world’s first two-dimensional material at just one-atom thick and has the potential to revolutionise many areas of technology.

The scientists who first isolated graphene were awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2010. Building on their revolutionary work, the team at The University of Manchester has pioneered projects into graphene-enhanced sports cars, medical devices and aeroplanes.

Laboratory tests have shown that the rubber outsoles of these shoes, new to market in 2018, are stronger, more stretchy and more resistant to wear.

Michael Price, inov-8 product and marketing director, said:

Off-road runners and fitness athletes live at the sporting extreme and need the stickiest outsole grip possible to optimize their performance, be that when running on wet trails or working out in sweaty gyms. For too long, they have had to compromise this need for grip with the knowledge that such rubber wears down quickly.

Now, utilising the groundbreaking properties of graphene, there is no compromise. The new rubber we have developed with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester allows us to smash the limits of grip.

Our lightweight G-Series shoes deliver a combination of traction, stretch and durability never seen before in sports footwear. 2018 will be the year of the world’s toughest grip.

The graphene shoes are rumored to be priced at £140 (S$255) and £150 (S$270). How much are you willing to pay for a pair of Graphene running shoes?

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