The newest trainer launched within the FlyEase vary, the Nike GO FlyEase is fabricated from two sections related by a hinge that enables customers to place them on and take them off with out tying shoelaces or utilizing one other fastening.
“Shoes for a long time have been a bit antiquated in the way that we undo the laces and then lace them up, this is a more modern, more elegant way to get in and out of your shoes and an easier way – you don’t even think about it,” defined Nike design lead and American Paralympic triathlete Sarah Reinersten.
“There are no laces, and there’s no need to use hands when you have no laces,” she informed Dezeen. “So there’s no laces or adjustable containment needed. It has a beautiful new, clog-like shape that’s very easy to slip into.”
Nike has eradicated the necessity for laces or different fasteners by constructing the shoe round a patent-pending bi-stable hinge throughout the sole.
Combined with a big rubber band – known as a midsole tensioner by Nike – this hinge permits the shoe to be safe in each an open place for the foot to enter and a closed place for when the trainers are in use.
“The bi-stable hinge means that it will keep stable when it’s in that open or ready position,” stated Reinersten.
“So when it’s on your floor, it’s super stable, but once you get into the set position, and you step down, it will stay in this position, it’s not going to pop back up. So it’s stable when it’s closed, and then it’s stable when it’s open,” she added.
Although they’re mechanically difficult, the trainers are designed to be intuitive to placed on and take, with the method being much like the best way many individuals already slide into footwear after which kick them off.
The emphasised kickstand heel was designed to assist customers mimic this motion.
“We designed this based on human behaviour,” stated Reinersten. “So we feel like this is intuitive in the way that your foot goes into a shoe – you can step in and go.”
Nike has designed the shoe for use as an on a regular basis shoe, but additionally believes that it may be utilized by lots of people who discover it tough to place their footwear on.
“This is one of the most universal shoes ever,” stated Reinersten. “This is a solution for so many people. This is for everybody.”
“From women who are going through pregnancies to maybe an athlete who doesn’t have hands, to a busy mom, to, I don’t know, even a lazy husband who wants to walk the dog.”
The Nike GO FlyEase is the newest trainer within the FlyEase vary, which was launched 5 years in the past and consists of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase, which was launched in 2019. While earlier editions nonetheless required a hand to open, that is the primary shoe that’s totally hands-free.
“We’ve been using shoelaces for kind of a long time,” stated Reinersten.
“And although we’ve been reinventing alternative closures in our shoes, and with the FlyEase collection, we’ve been doing that for over five years, but we knew we could do even better,” she continued.
“We knew there was a better way to put on and take off your shoes and we knew that we were the company to make that a reality.”
Nike has additionally created a pair of laceless basketball trainers that tighten on the contact of a button or swipe of a smartphone. Sports model Puma additionally created a pair of trainers that may be tightened on the swipe of a finger.