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Why Nike’s GO FlyEase sneakers could be revolutionary for those living with a disability


Nike's hands-free sneaker might be its most empowering model yet, thanks to its easy slip-on design.

Furthering its reputation as an innovative footwear designer, sportswear giant Nike has just unveiled its first "hands-free" sneaker.

The futuristic-looking Nike GO FlyEase is built around a bi-stable hinge, which, according to Nike, "enables the shoe to be secure in fully open and fully closed states".

In a video posted by the company, it is revealed that the hinge allows the shoe to bend into an open position, allowing the foot in. Pushing down on the heel then closes the shoe.

Pressing on the heel again with the opposite foot reopens the shoe, allowing the wearer to easily slip them off. The lace-free nature of the sneakers meanwhile adds further accessibility.

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As with most of Nike's designs, the GO FlyEase has mostly been marketed towards athletes. However, the unique design is proving to be empowering for another group of people.

Already, many Twitter users have been quick to point out how life-changing the sneakers could be for friends or family members currently living with a disability.

Champion wheelchair fencer Bebe Vio has also weighed in, saying, "Usually I spend so much time to get in my shoes. 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."

The GO FlyEase follows in the footsteps of Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB and Adapt BB 2.0 sneakers, which were originally designed to be more comfortable for basketball players. However, the easy-to-wear design has ended up meaning much more to those seeking increased independence in their day to day lives.

The Nike GO FlyEase sneakers will be released by invite only for selected Nike members later this month. The shoes are set to retail for US$120.

A wider release is scheduled for later this year, so be sure to keep an eye on the Australian Nike site for more information.

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