Nike's Sneakers for Differently-Abled People
on 20 July 2015
When Nike’s first-ever employee suffered a stroke, CEO Mark Parker directed the design department to create a one-of-a-kind, easy-on and easy-off shoe to aid the company’s old friend. Now, Nike is revisiting sneaker design for the differently-abled after seeing a social media post from 16-year-old Matthew Walzer, who suffers from cerebral palsy. The result is the Zoom Soldier 8 FLYEASE, a basketball shoe that easily peels open, making it simple put on and take off. Walzer, who was integral in the shoe’s design process, was awarded with a custom version of the very first pair.