Teen With Cerebral Palsy Inspires Nike to Create a Brilliant Solution for People With Disability

Most humans have the luxury of not thinking twice about the complication of dealing with inefficient motor skills. A simple task like tieing shoes become a job for two. Individuals suffering from various disabilities, cerebral palsy endure this struggle every day. “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

A 16-year old boy with Cerebral Palsy gave a profound meaning to the statement. Back in 2012, Matthew Walzer reached Nike with a simple idea, “Hands-free shoes”. This may not sound like an ingenious idea to many. But for some who have been coping with the issue; definitely understand the perks of this concept.

Walzer came to this world two months premature. His lungs are underdeveloped, which eventually led to cerebral palsy. The teen’s vision inspired Tobie Hatfield, Nike’s senior director, to design a shoe addressing the specific “Go FlyEase shoes”. These are the first hands-free sneaker to ever land on the market. Nike used the formula of bi-stable heel hinge and kickstand heel.

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