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Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Lifetime achievement
Inventor: Mario Moretti Polegato
Invention: Vapour-permeable shoe
Looking for a solution to a practical problem, Italian entrepreneur Mario Moretti Polegato set out to create the perfect breathable shoe which would let air in but keep water out. His invention, a waterproof, breathable sole for footgear, with a membrane of vapour-permeable and waterproof material, has revolutionised the footwear industry. And the company he founded in 1995, GEOX, is now one of the largest shoe manufacturers in the world.
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