Due to its unique properties, graphene is widely used in the manufacture of many different items, in particular, protective helmets, microphones and lamps. The Italian Institute of Technology, together with one of the leading footwear manufacturers, Fadel, went even further – they developed a prototype of graphene shoes, which keeps cool in hot weather.
As is known, graphene has a high thermal conductivity. The researchers added a small amount of graphene flakes to the top of the polyurethane sole – in the insole of sandals. The percentage of graphene was only 1% of the entire insole. Scales were made using the so-called “liquid phase exfoliation” technology. As a result, even such a small amount of graphene improved the heat emission of shoes by 50%.
The company Fadel patented a new technology, called Freshoes, and has already presented samples of “graphene” shoes at the international exhibition in Milan.