If you’re able to put your shoes on and off with ease, you might not think about how difficult this task is for others.
Fiddly laces and a lot of bending down means the act of putting shoes on independently if off limits for some with different accessibility needs.
Nike appears to be putting those needs first – and rightly so – with their new release; a hands-free trainer than goes on and off in seconds.
Wearers use their other foot to trigger a bi-stable hinge in the middle of the shoe. They can then leave it in the folded position, and put their foot into it (it will click back into place) next time they want to.
The Nike GO FlyEase looks like any cool pair of sneakers, but really could change the game for disabled people.
Above an accessible shoe, though, the brand are showing them off as a great option for absolutely anyone.
They come in three colourways; white and green, black and crimson, and black and blue.
Initially released on February 15 at selected Nike partners, over time the shoes (rumoured to cost $120/£88) will be more widely available.
There’s currently a patent pending on the unique hinge design – which TV presenter Jimmy Fallon had a hand in creating – and you’ll likely see it used in sport-specific shoes sometime soon.
Although some people on Twitter joked that it was a design for the ‘lazy’, we should all make a point of remembering that these trainers could be a life-changer for people who want to live more independently.
Not to mention, they look super trendy.
Credit: Original article published here.