Nike’s Go Flyease sneakers are back in stock. Usually, sneaker restocks are something you don’t expect anyone other than hypebeasts to get upset about, but Nike’s hands-free shoes are a little different. Although the $120 Go FlyEase is lauded for its accessible design, it was notoriously difficult to find for the people who would benefit most from it.
That Go to FlyEase caused a sensation when it was introduced thanks to its bistable hinge. The design allows the shoe to switch between an “open” and a “closed” position, allowing someone to easily step into the shoe without having to use their hands. The problem was that Nike didn’t handle the launch well. A combination of limited availability and hype led resale sites to increase prices to over $400 from the original $120 price point. People with reduced mobility shared their difficulties finding the shoes on social media, which then led to Nike being accused of using it Accessibility as a marketing concept.
It doesn’t help that new versions of FlyEase technology tend to be limited editions too – if they’re available at all to the average consumer. For the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year, Nike designed the ACG Gaiadome FlyEase Boots for Team USA. The boot can be put on with one hand and is designed for those with limited dexterity. However, while the rest of Team USA gear was available for purchase, the FlyEase boot was exclusive to athletes.
With that in mind, it’s good to see that shoes are finally back in stock – although there’s no indication of how much there is stock. At this point in time, some sizes and color variants are already sold out.
Nike’s site specifically describes the Go FlyEase as “great for those with limited mobility who want an easy step in,” so there’s no denying the target audience. As Nike also notes, the shoes are also a good option for people who need a faster way to put on and take off shoes. Because inclusive design basically benefits everyone. Hopefully resellers don’t ruin it for the folks who really need accessible shoes – and Nike will continue to expand availability in the future.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/2/23053345/nike-flyease-go-accessiblity-restock Nike finally has the hands-free Go FlyEase sneakers back in stock