Disability Overcome Design – Nike Go FlyEasy – Put Your Sneakers On Hands-Free

People with disabilities especially movement disorders have great struggles to tie their own shoes, or even to put them on. On February 1st Nike announced a release of a new design called Nike Go FlyEasy. Aiming to remove that struggle completely, Nike is allowing people to put on their shoes and take them off without hands and with complete ease. The design was actually inspired by Matthew Walzer’s letter from 2012. Matthew was a 16-year-old junior in high school, who explained his frustrating situation of being unable to tie his own shoes due to cerebral palsy (a permanent movement disorder) to Nike via letter. “My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes every day. I’ve worn Nike basketball shoes all my life. I can only wear this type of shoe, because I need ankle support to walk. At 16 years old, I am able to completely dress myself, but my parents still have to tie my shoes. As a teenager who is striving to become totally self-sufficient, I find this extremely frustrating and, at times, embarrassing.” Nike responded with Nike FlyEasy to be finally released in 2021 as Nike Go FlyEasy. A lace-less shoe that bends in the middle, allowing people to easily step on it and put it on without the need of hands or bending over. For more information check out the Behind the Design video.

The original Go FlyEasy purpose was primarily for the disabled,

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But it turned out that moms with kids, also pregnant ladies, have an eye on these too. As well as good ol’ lazy folks.

These 2 darker designs are planned to be available upon launch

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Go FlyEasy was announced by NIKE on February 1st, and its price will be in the range of $100-$220.

Select members will be able to get them for $120.

Interestingly, the design was inspired by the letter of a 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy (a permanent movement disorder).

The boy asked explained his frustrating situation of not being able to tie his own shoes back in 2012, and almost a decade later his letter was not forgotten.

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