Advanced materials engineering group Versarien is to supply graphene-enhanced elastomers to US-based adaptive footwear company Flux Footwear to bring an improved model of Flux’s Adapt shoe, to market.
Under the terms of the partnership, the Adapt barefoot athleisure model has been enhanced with Versarien’s Graphene-Wear technology, following research and testing to improve the rubber outsole, augmenting the shoe’s mechanical and physical properties.
The new model, the AdaptMid, provides greater durability through improved abrasion resistance whilst maintaining the shoe’s traction characteristics.
Flux will be launching the AdaptMid model in Autumn/Winter 2022. Ahead of the launch, a limited number of shoes can be pre-ordered in the UK directly through the Versarien products website.
The graphene technology was developed by the Forest of Dean-based company’s in-house technology teams at University of Manchester and University of Cambridge as part of the GSCALE project, and has the potential for multiple elastomer projects.
Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, said: “I am delighted to announce the pre-launch of Flux’s AdaptMid shoe, enhanced by Versarien’s Graphene-Wear technology, our first footwear product to market.
“As more products enhanced using Versarien technology are coming to market, there is now a definite shift within the company towards commercialisation.
“It is great that our supporters are able to pre-order via our Versarien products website ahead of the full launch by Flux later in the year.”