Nike continues to surprise us. A longtime advocate for Black and underprivileged lives, they pulled out all the stops with their latest hands-free shoe. This genius invention can help all wearers get out the door quicker, with it’s fast dressing and undressing properties.
So how was Nike able to do this? They invented a bi-stable hinge that enables the shoe to securely fully open or closed and then paired it with the Nike GO FlyEase tensioner — an ultra-flexible design. The brilliant part is, this shoe is for everyone. From the business-exec on the go, the mom dropping off her kids, or the athlete with physical disabilities. Regardless of who it is, the Nike GO FlyEase doesn’t require the wearer to use their hands to fit the sneaker.
This smart, accessible solution has impressed many. Bebe Vio, praised fencer, loves how smooth of a transition it is to get dressed. “With the Nike GO FlyEase, I just need to put my feet in and jump on it. The shoes are a new kind of technology, not only for adaptive athletes but for everyone’s real life,” she said in a press release. American Paralympic athlete and one of the designers, Sarah Reinertsen said, “If you design for the most extreme needs, then you’re unlocking benefits for everybody. We were also inspired by pregnant women who don’t even have kids yet but can barely bend over in their third trimesters.”
Currently the shoe is available for select Nike members and will be widely available later this year, priced at $120.