Teen Inspires Nike “FlyEase” Easy-Entry Shoe

It’s New York Fashion Week, and more and more, adaptive clothing is becoming a focus in the fashion world. Thanks to the efforts of Matthew Walzer, a high school student with cerebral palsy, requesting the invention of a sneaker that he could put on independently while still maintaining style, Nike went to the drawing board. They responded with the invention of the FlyEase, a sneaker developed specifically for athletes who have disabilities, with Velcro fastener and posterior entry to the shoe.  The design of the sneaker makes it easier for individuals with decreased dexterity to put the shoe on, while still providing adequate support for the athlete.

Additionally, Nike has been working over the past few years on creating footwear for individuals with amputations, adapting shoes to accommodate braces and designing shoes specifically to be worn in wheelchairs. With these advancements, why would we ever compromise style for ease?

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