Nike creates Flyease shoes for individuals with disabilities – w/video
“My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes every day. I’ve worn Nike basketball shoes all my life. I can only wear this type of shoe, because I need ankle support to walk. At 16 years old, I am able to completely dress myself, but my parents still have to tie my shoes. As a teenager who is striving to become totally self-sufficient, I find this extremely frustrating and, at times, embarrassing.” – Matthew
Soon enough, his letter was picked up by Nike CEO Mark Parker and before long, Nike designer Tobie Hatfield started working with Matthew on a prototype, which would later on become the Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease— shoes that make it easy for anyone to slip their feet in, and can be secured easily with specialized zippers.