Hygiene and Comfort

When wearing shoes, everybody prefers a pleasant and hygienic feeling of comfort. This means that the microclimate surrounding the foot should be physiologically, sensorially and psychologically suitable. This microclimate is strongly influenced by the associated processes of heat and moisture exchange between foot, sock and shoe. Thus the shoe material has the complex task to remove heat, absorb humidity, keep out rain and cold, and in the meanwhile feel comfortable.

Within the FOOTyWEAR project, materials and combinations of materials will be tested for their temperature and heat removal, isolating parameters and ergonomic parameters. To do the final testing on a testing shoe, a moving artificial foot will be used, which is able to measure and control several physiological parameters at the same time.