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Balancing breathability

How shoemakers can achieve efficient thermoregulation in footwear.

The overall comfort of footwear is achieved through a combination of many different properties. Effective moisture management makes a large contribution to comfort, but cannot be considered in isolation. Water resistance and thermal properties will also combine with effective moisture management to provide a balance of performance that is targeted for a particular activity or sector. This article discusses how desirable properties can be incorporated into a product, the best methods of measuring them and how to get the balance correct.



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