Nike is pushing the envelope of shoe technology further with today's announcement of the Go FlyEase, a contact-less $120 shoe for both athletic and everyday use. Nike plans to release the shoe to a broader consumer base later in 2021. Your days of physically kicking your shoes off and sending them flying down the hallway when you come in the door might soon be over.
Nike tapped champion fencer Bebe Vio to get his thoughts on their latest innovation and he shared how he usually has to spend so much time to get in his shoes.
Nike's newest shoe is "easy on, easy off" for those who can't put their shoes on without assistance - or cannot be bothered. This effort has occasionally produced some flashy, high-profile products like the self-lacing Back to the Future-inspired shoes, the Nike Mag, and more modern self-lacing variants like the HyperAdapt 1.0 and the Adapt BB. Behind the shoe's smooth motion is a bi-stable hinge that enables the shoe to be secure in fully open and fully closed states.
To make them easier to remove without the use of hands, the GO FlyEase also feature a protrusion off the heel that can be safely stepped on using the other foot to hold them in place while the shoe's bi-stable hinge mechanism is opened.
You might not need to put your hands on these shoes, but you are going to want to get your hands on them, metaphorically.
Bending down to put on and lace up a pair of sneakers is a simple action that many of us take for granted. Nike said the shoes will be on sale overseas "for select Nike Members" starting February 15. They are instead expected to be widely available in the coming months.
And, now after half a decade, Nike has introduced the Nike Go FlyEase, which is the brand's first-ever hands-free sneaker, created to remove the barrier to entry that lacing brings to some athletes with disabilities.