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Nike Releases New Shoes for People With Disabilities

March 17, 2016

Last summer, we learned about Matthew Walzer, who inspired Nike to create shoes with a FLYEASE entry system. This system is a zipper that goes around the heel of the shoe making it easier for the user to put on and take off.

Now Nike is adding to that collection, adding 3 more shoes with the FLYEASE collection: the LeBron Soldier 9, Pegasus 32 and Flex Run shoes.

“My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes every day,” Matthew wrote, according to Nike. “As a teenager who is striving to become totally self-sufficient, I find this extremely frustrating and, at times, embarrassing.”

Obviously the letter made it into the right hands. When Tobie Hatfield, a Nike shoe designer, read Matthew’s request, he immediately got to work developing a prototype for a shoe Matthew and other people with disabilities could wear comfortably.

“When we say, ‘If you have a body, you’re an athlete,’ that means everybody,” Hatfield said

Perhaps making even bigger headlines, Nike is also adding “self-lacing” shoes to their repertoire. Set to be released during the upcoming holiday season, the HyperAdapt Trainer 1.0 has a sensor in the heel that adjusts the sneaker’s fit. Two side buttons allow the user to tighten or loosen the grip.

The pricing for this battery powered shoe hasn’t been determined, but Nike confirms it has been in development for years. Back to the Future fans will liken them to the sneakers Marty McFly had during the movie.