Nike has designed Air Zoom UNVRS shoe for people with disabilities, the new shoe is built in Nike's latest design image. The shoe takes a resemblance of the Nike Air Max.
Built from the ground up to be accessible for people with disabilities, Nike is working with Elena Delle Donne, a star forward for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and an Olympic gold medalist to prove that fashion is inclusive and that sport shoes are meant for everyone.
The new Air Zoom UNVRS shoe will make it into Nikes FlyEase lineup — which features easy entry and exit and other accessibility features — this fall. The Nike Air Zoom UNVRS, comes in a new accessible system that allows anybody with disability to wear them independently. The shoe would be unveiled in the feet of Elena Delle Donne.
Delle Donne worked with Nike to create the shoe using insight from Lizzy Donne, her deaf and blind sister, who also has cerebral palsy and autism.
“If a professional athlete can wear it for sporting purposes, I think it's a clear message that anybody can wear it,” Delle Donne said. “Male, female, adult, people with disabilities — this shoe can be worn anytime.”
The Nike Air Zoom UNVRS has a magnetized heel that folds down so that the users can slide their feet in and out without the use of their hands. The shoe also has an articulated strap, so that users can fold it with their hand if you want to.
Nike launched FlyEase line in 2015 for people with disabilities after talks with a teenager who has cerebral palsy, the teenager wanted a shoe he could put on independently, he approached Nike and they designed the first FlyEase shoe. The first FlyEase shoe design relied on a wrap-around zipper to fasten the shoe, the shoe has a larger opening at the back which made it simpler for people with disabilities to slide feet in and out. The company has continued to modify the Flyease system since then and now we have the Air Zoom UNVRS.
The new FlyEase shoe will be available in November, Nike said.
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