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Now, ‘sweet’ shoes keep sweaty feet ‘minty’ cool

A shoe permeated with a common sugar substitute in the soles could now give your sweaty feet a ‘minty’ cool feel even during a heavy workout, a new study has revealed.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2011 17:00 IST

A shoe permeated with a common sugar substitute in the soles could now give your sweaty feet a ‘minty’ cool feel even during a heavy workout, a new study has revealed.

The Louis Garneau Carbon Pro Team shoes, designed for cycling, use the sweetener xylitol, more commonly found in gum and toothpaste.

Xylitol is an alcohol-based sugar, so when it comes into contact with moisture, it evaporates.

Normally, this aspect of xylitol gives gum and toothpaste a minty cooling sensation. But when used in shoes, it cools the feet, Discovery News reported.

Putting xylitol in the soles would ordinarily make it more difficult for the xylitol to work because of the lack of air movement. But the company designed the shoes with a lot of extra ventilation to augment the airflow.