Nike Creates Game Changing Sneakers For People With Disabilities
For some people the task of putting on shoes is not easy. Matthew Walzer knew this difficulty all too well. He was born with cerebral palsy and has trouble doing many things. While he was able to dress himself, putting on shoes was another story. The teen had to ask his parents for help.
When he was in high school, Walzer decided he didn't want to ask people for help putting on his shoes anymore.
“By the time you turn 16," he said, "it gets frustrating or embarrassing if you're out with your friends and your shoe comes untied and you have to ask your friend, ‘Hey, can you bend down and tie my shoe for me?’”
Walzer wrote a letter to Nike CEO Mark Parker expresses his situation, complaints and hardships. His letter was then passed along to Tobie Hatfield, the company’s senior director of athlete innovation. Hatfield was researching what Nike could do to help athletes facing physical challenges. This was perfect for Walzer.
After 3 years of Walzer and the Nike team working together, Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease was born. The shoe is designed to make it easy for people with disabilities to get their shoes on and off themselves! They are sharp looking, too.
H/T Huffington Post