If you have ever worn Chuck Taylors from Converse, you know that a little bit of rain can make for a damp and stinky day. However, Converse has recently partnered with Gore-Tex to create a new, high-performance collection of shoes.
The shoes look like the typical Chucks that you are used to, but thanks to Gore-Tex technology, the inside is very different. There is now a thin layer of water-proof material in the shoe, that will help to keep the wearer’s feet dry. The best part, for many consumers, is that you will not see the Gore-Tex layer if you don’t want to. In addition to keeping your feet protected from the rain, this layer also will help to keep your feet dry from sweat, a common issue that Chuck Taylor fans deal with.
Gore-Tex is designed to turn sweat into vapor, which then allows it to move through the lining. This reduces the “swamp foot” affect that can happen when wearing these popular sneakers. This means that your feet will stay warm and dry on cold, rainy days, but remain cool when things get hot outside.
Bob Gore invented this Gore-Tex material in the late 1960s when he pulled a rod of heated polymer that was used in Teflon cookware. The polymer stretched quickly, and eventually, he learned that it could stretch by more than 800 percent, which creates a thin, porous material, which is comprised of mostly air. Gore then found that he could tweak his new material to allow it to suit a host of different applications. These include things like electrical cables and medical implants. The most common use of this material, however, came when Gore realized that he and his company could create an extremely thin membrane, which could be used in clothing to create a breathable, water-resistant fabric.