Nike's new hands-free shoes are a little engineering marvel

Ruben Fields
February 3, 2021

Sometimes the back of the shoe will slide under your foot, so you slide your foot out and try again.

On Monday, Nike announced the release of the inventive GO FlyEase sneaker, touted as the first genuinely hands-free shoe. They don't have any shoe laces at all, and the shoe itself is unlike any shoe we have seen before. The other is the constricted location where the outer layer fits tightly around the inner layer as you walk or run. It is effectively two shoes in one, with the inner shoe popping out as needed. He told them that his dream was to go to college without having to worry about someone coming to tie his shoes every day, and three years later, the brand's first laceless, adaptive shoe was introduced. The whole process is hands-free, Nike says.

The new sneaker allows the user to slip on the shoes without bending down thanks to a "bi-stable hinge that enables the shoe to be secure in fully open and fully closed states", the company said.

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There's more to it than aesthetics and laziness here. Instead, the Go FlyEase are helpful in the case of people with disabilities who would have a hard time tying their shoes and putting them on and off. He then revealed he was able to present the idea to Nike in a meeting only to learn that they had already been working on the FlyEase for 10 years.

To find out more about its design, hit play on the video below where Nike's team will explain further.

Unlike crocs, which use an optional ankle strap that can be flipped out of the way, Nike designed its new GO FlyEase with a bi-stable hinge mechanism that allows the sole to separate just before the heel portion, creating a larger opening to freely slide a foot in and out. However, it is unclear how many units will be available for sale in the first run. It will be "available more broadly in the months to come", according to Nike.

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