‘Accessible and empowering design’ – the Nike Go FlyEase
“It's intuitive — easy on, easy off — and evidence of how design, innovation and engineering can meet to answer an ambitious North Star: the creation of a hands-free shoe.”
Nike’s own description of its new ‘FlyEase’ trainers is as accurate as it is succinct. The shoe design has two main features – a “bi-stable hinge” that allows it to be secure in both its fully open and fully closed states; and a “tensioner”, which assists the motions involved in putting on and taking off the shoe.
By way of background info: a few years ago, a teenager with cerebral palsy wrote to Nike asking for athletic shoes for disabled people. Nike invited him to collaborate in the design of the original adaptive Nike FlyEase shoe.
The new handsfree model is a triumph in accessible design, which – as Nike points out – benefits everybody, not just disabled wearers. They use examples of parents with their hands full or students rushing for class. Repeatedly, innovations such as these demonstrate that when products and services are designed with disability in mind, the end result is better and more widely beneficial.
Twitter users, on the whole, seemed to love the idea. One man commented that they would be perfect for his daughter, who has spina bifida, while another commented: “When we make things accessible for everyone, we all win!”
We couldn’t agree more. Check out some of our accessible clothing solutions here.