Scientists solve ‘wet shoe’ problem

March 27th, 2009 - 4:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 27 (ANI): Ever wondered why your shoes’ top gets soaked while walking on a wet pavement? Well, researchers from the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University in Ohio have got the answer for the query.

Using a high-speed video camera to film a person walking on a wet floor, researchers calculated that shoes flick up about a pint of water after walking 20 kilometres on a damp day.

The effect, however, is lessened if a person is walking slowly, reports New Scientist.

Researchers say shoes designed with car tyre treads on the soles would solve the problem by draining water away before it can be flung upwards. (ANI)

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