You know that old pair of sneakers you keep by the door, the ones with the squashed heels, so you can slip them on quickly to go grab the mail? Nike just turned that concept into a brand-new shoe that simply looks amazing. And at long last, the cleverly designed Go FlyEase is back in stock, giving you another chance to get your hands on these hands-free kicks.
The accessibility-minded Go FlyEase features no laces and goes on and off perfectly without losing its shape. The key is a bi-stable hinge in the sole combined with flexible tensioner, a rubber strap that spans the length of the shoe.
To put them on, you simply step in. That action straightens the sole, causing the tensioner to rise up and contract around your foot for a secure fit. To take them off, you simply step on the heel and reverse the process. (Oh, and if this explanation seems at all confusing, just refer to that mesmerizing GIF at the top of the page!)
Like all shoes in the FlyEase line, the Go was designed with accessibility in mind, making life easier for all kinds of people all over the globe. In its own statement on the shoe, Nike quotes champion fencer Bebe Vio, who won Paralympic gold in the Foil B category at the Rio Games: “Usually I spend so much time to get in my shoes. With the Nike Go FlyEase, I just need to put my feet in and jump on it. The shoes are a new kind of technology, not only for adaptive athletes but for everyone's real life.”
After its initial limited launch in 2021, Nike has restocked the Go FlyEase in multiple colorways. But if the original drop was any indicator, these shoes may fall victim to the hype once again, leaving those who'd benefit most from the Go's accessibility at the mercy of resale sites. Hopefully, Nike learns from their pitfalls and keeps this hands-free sneaker readily available so everyone can benefit from the inclusive design.