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Hands Free Trainers Designed by Teenager with CP

Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,874

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With an eye toward making shoes even more accessible to people with disabilities, Nike is introducing trainers that can be taken on and off completely hands-free.

Image of Nike Go Flyease shoe

The Nike GO FlyEase is part of a line of trainers that was originally inspired by a teenager with cerebral palsy.

Nike said in a 2015 press release that designer Tobie Hatfield developed the FlyEase line after receiving a letter from 16-year-old Matthew Walzer in 2012.

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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 4,128 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 4
    My son could do with these. Despite all efforts he can’t do up shoelaces. The only problem I can see for him is the robustness of the shoe, he’s worn Pedro boots and the like since he was able to and they’re robust enough to get dragged around. The only other problem is the Pedro boots have also given him bunions at a young age, boots aren’t very forgiving after all. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 12,005 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for sharing and they look great 
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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,874

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    leeCal said:
    My son could do with these. Despite all efforts he can’t do up shoelaces. The only problem I can see for him is the robustness of the shoe, he’s worn Pedro boots and the like since he was able to and they’re robust enough to get dragged around. The only other problem is the Pedro boots have also given him bunions at a young age, boots aren’t very forgiving after all. 
    I have heard really good things about Nike Flyease, not this particular design as they are brand new. Has your son seen a podiatrist @leeCal? I can remember how uncomfortable Pedro boots were/
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 4,128 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes @Richard_Scope he has. They give him clod hopper boots every time because he drags his feet whilst using two crutches. He can’t walk really, he tends to swing with his crutches. His feet are in quite a state I must say. 
  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 720 Pioneering
    These look o k don't they?  Like the story behind it, too.  I suppose they are dear?
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,874

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    I imagine so @newborn.
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  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 720 Pioneering
    oh, tried to open link but it was an alarming noise and eventually the information that you can't buy them except by invitation.  WHAT?   They are sort of hinged, so they really would be disability friendly.  Hmm luckily 'any fule no', disabled people are all rich (!).
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,644

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    you can't buy them except by invitation
    That's just for now @newborn. This Nike release outlines that: 
    The Nike GO FlyEase is available initially via invite for select Nike Members, with broader consumer availability planned for later this year.
    According to solecollector.com, they'll cost $120, which is about £87. 
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