The boots have been three years in the making.Press Photo
A group of scientists in Novosibirsk recently unveiled an innovative set of cold-resistant ‘Pioneer of Arctic Travel’ boots that can withstand temperatures as low as -70 Celsius. The scientists used nanotechnologies to create a "thermos effect" for the sole. The high-tech footwear was successfully tested at the Barneo station in the Arctic, and will also be available for civilians interested in extreme sports and tourism.
The boots have been three years in the making. The manufacturer established a scientific research centre in 2013, staffed by organic chemists who experimented with modified polymers. The organic compound ethylene-vinyl acetate, when combined with nano-pipes, gives the innovative boots their special qualities. To avoid punctures and slipping, the inventors used thermoplastic elastomers.
"Our primary goal is to develop new footwear materials to improve durability, lightness, cold-resistance and other qualities," said Natalya Pauli, an official at the manufacturer, Obuv' Rossii (Footwear of Russia). "The researchers created a new material that was tested at the Novosibirsk Technological Institute, and an experimental batch was sent to the Barneo station where experts tested our footwear in real Arctic conditions."
Polar scientists provided their feedback, upon which the company modified the footwear, preparing some models for the military. Orders for the boots have also been received from state agencies, such as the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the first 50,000 pairs have been shipped.
"In the beginning of the year the government banned the import of light industrial goods for state and municipal needs," explained Pauli. "As a result, a new market has opened for Russian footwear manufacturers whose annual volume is around $2.4 billion, with sales of 50 million pairs of shoes."
Obuv' Rossii plans to widen the scope of its market and position the ‘Pioneer of Arctic Travel’ boots for those who are active in outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing. On social networks, users from Siberia were curious to know if the company would develop nano-coats and nano-hats, but the company has said that for now, it will not be making these items.
"We plan on producing special footwear that has protective features: fire-resistance, super-durability," said Pauli. "High-tech materials are also used for this."
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