The British brand innov8 recently announced a partnership with the University of Manchester to produce the first tennis shoes made with graphene. According to the University, graphene is the finest material in the world and is 200 times stronger than steel, and its incorporation into shoes can lead to more flexible and sturdy sneakers.
According to researcher Aravind Vijayaraghavan of the university, the material will be incorporated into the rubber used to produce the shoes. “Our formulation makes the tennis soles 50% stronger, 50% more flexible and 50% more wear resistant than the standard rubber used in the industry,” said Vijayaraghavan.
But this innovation should not come out too cheap. According to TechCrunch, the new sneakers are expected to hit the market sometime next year, costing between 140 and 150 pounds. According to the website, this is a product that is more focused on demonstrating the company’s technological innovations than on selling in large quantities.
Interestingly, the sports footwear industry has quickly embraced these innovations. Adidas, for example, has already launched sneakers made from plastic recycled Pacific Ocean and with a synthetic fabric that mimics spider web. Nike, for its part, has already created a shoe that ties itself inspired by the movie “Back to the Future”.