Nike designs hands-free shoe for arthritis patients, pregnant women, and the disabled. The hands-free shoe which is called the Flyease Go is a groundbreaking option that answers the specific need of these people.
This is the first time; a hands-free shoe will be designed. With this shoe, wearers can envelop and release their feet through natural motion. A top Nike designer maintains that this revolutionary shoe is ideal for people suffering from arthritis, pregnant women in their third trimester, and those whose hands are disabled.
Tobie Hatfield, a Nike designer, narrated the story of how the company received bad news that their very first employee suffered a stroke and became disabled. So, Hatfield was given the responsibility of designing a special shoe to help one of their most treasured employees.
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This led to the development of the Flyease Go. As Nike designs hands-free shoe, the shoe will be released in a rollout this year starting at 120 dollars. The shoe which is divided in two halves is restrained by a neoprene tension band.
It features a two-stage hinge in the outsole’s middle and a slipper-like front shape. The heel of the shoe bends but in the opposite direction. When the wearer inserts the foot into the loafer-like front, a pressing motion closes the hinge. It then refastens the neoprene band and pulls the two halves together.
What I love about this shoe in particular, is we listened to the extreme needs of people with specific limitations. With this solution, we feel like it’s a universal proposition.Sarah Reinertsen, the Senior Director of Nike Ease
The back heel of this hands-free shoe features a hard plastic shell called “the kickstand heel.” This kickstand heel is the hands-free mechanism that allows the hinge to open, and this is based on the motion we do with our sneakers.