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What Nike’s First Hands-Free Shoe Means for the Disability Community

What Nike’s First Hands-Free Shoe Means for the Disability Community

On February 15, Nike began selling their Go FlyEase shoes, the brand’s first pair of lace-less sneakers that can be taken on and off without using one’s hands.To buy more Cheap nike free run with cheap price, you can visit official website.

The GoFlyease shoes are nearly a decade in the making, stemming from a letter that Matthew Walzer, who has cerebral palsy, sent to Nike in 2012. Walzer told NPR that in the letter, he wrote, “I have flexibility in only one of my hands, which makes it impossible for me to tie my shoes...My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes every day.”Nike is one of the latest brands venturing into adaptive fashion—clothing specifically designed for people with disabilities who face challenges dressing or may have sensory issues that cause sensitivity to certain materials. Tommy Hilfiger and Vans are among some of the other major brands entering this fashion space.

Putting on, wearing, and removing shoes can be a challenge for some members of the disability community. This is where adaptive fashion comes in. For example, a 2019 study found that custom-fitted footwear may increase physical activity in children and adults with Down syndrome.1??

Nike’s Go FlyEase shoes are fashionable and colorful, a welcome break from the norm for adaptive fashion. “They’ve had a very utilitarian or even medical-focused type of apparel that was purely functional to provide the ease of putting a garment on and off,” Kerri McBee-Black, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the department of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri–Columbia, tells Verywell.
Runway of Dreams Foundation founder and fashion designer, Mindy Scheier, BS, helped develop Tommy Hilfiger’s first adaptive clothing line for kids. "To have such a global brand get involved in the adaptive space really sets a precedent for other brands to say ‘Well Nike is doing that. We should be doing that too," Scheier tells Verywell.

Jun stresses that designers should consider how other functional and aesthetic products could help disabled people as well. “For example, there could be a lot of people on the autism spectrum who need a lot of compression garments,” she says. “Compression garments aren’t only for athletes and scuba divers, it could be for someone who has a sensory disability. While Nike’s Go FlyEase shoes are considered to be adaptive fashion, it is not specifically targeted at the disability community. For example, in Nike’s press release for the new shoes, the words "disability,” “disabilities,” or “disabled,” are not mentioned, and "adaptive" is only included once. This is in part because the shoe is universally and inclusively designed, according to Jun.

“It’s made for more people, and as many people as possible,” Jun says. “We’re not labeling it as only for people with disabilities. They’ve made it into a way where anybody who may want to find easier dressing would be able to wear this shoe.”

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