Inov-8 And Preparing To Launch Another World-First In Running Shoes

Founder Wayne Edy is back leading inov-8, who are preparing to launch the biggest sports footwear innovation of 2021.

Edy bought back the sports company from Descente last year and has kept it under wraps while spearheading the design of a revolutionary new running shoe.

The shoe will be the world’s first-ever to feature a Graphene-enhanced foam, called G-FLY, and has been developed in collaboration with The University of Manchester, the ‘Home of Graphene.’

Graphene is the planet’s strongest material and a worthy Nobel Prize winner. Graphene has been infused into the foam of the new shoe to help improve the performance of trail and ultra-marathon runners.

Wayne Edy
Founder Wayne Edy is back leading inov-8

inov-8 will make a full reveal next month on the 24 March 2021, with the shoes set to go on sale shortly afterwards.

Edy back at the helm

Edy, who founded inov-8 in 2003 and now owns 100% of the business outside of Northern Asia, said: “I’m delighted to be back at the helm ahead of what is an exciting new chapter in the continued development of the world’s most innovative sports brand. 

“We benefited from being part of the Descente group from 2015 to 2020, but we’re now independent again and preparing for our biggest ever product launch next month.

“I’m proud to lead such a talented global team and can’t wait to unveil our new shoe, heralding the future of trail running.”

inov-8 first pioneered the use of Graphene in 2018 when launching Graphene-enhanced rubber, which delivers the world’s toughest grip. Sales of its running, hiking and fitness shoes featuring the wonder-rubber have surged over the last three years.

inov-8 Graphene

Now, once again teaming up with The University of Manchester and leading footwear veteran Doug Sheridan, inov-8 is set to push the boundaries even further with their new shoe, which boasts three patent-pending technologies.

Graphene stronger than steel

200 times stronger than steel, Graphene is also the world’s thinnest material and boasts astonishing flexibility. A team of over 300 staff at The University of Manchester has pioneered projects into Graphene-enhanced sports cars, medical devices, aeroplanes and sports footwear.

inov-8 is based in the UK’s Lake District and trades in more than 60 countries. Commenting further on his purchase of the company, made during the Covid pandemic, Edy added: “It was a risky time to purchase back the business, but it was an easy decision, driven by my hunger to lead more product innovations. 

“Now, with momentum under our feet and awards coming in thick and fast, we can accelerate, using ground-breaking product innovations to grow in 2021 and beyond.”

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