Nike isn’t the one sneaker firm fascinated about accessible shoe design. Reebok introduced it’s partnering with Zappos to launch its first adaptive footwear assortment, known as Match to Match. The gathering options two sneakers which are designed for simple entry and exit for folks with disabilities.
The footwear had been designed in collaboration with Zappos Adaptive — the e-commerce website’s vertical that acts as a purchasing hub for accessible footwear, clothes, and equipment. The $90 Nanoflex Parafit TR are trainers that characteristic a mesh higher, facet zipper, and heel pull tab. In the meantime, the $65 Membership MEMT Parafit are life-style sneakers with an additional 4E large match, facet zipper, and leather-based higher. Each footwear characteristic high-abrasion rubber outsoles for higher traction, lace closures, and detachable sock liners for orthotics. Reebok additionally says the footwear are low-cut for higher mobility.
The thought behind together with each the lace closure and zipper is that you are able to do up the laces as soon as to regulate match. Then, you’ll be able to simply use the zipper going ahead to get out and in of the shoe. The zippers additionally embody pull tabs in order that they’re simpler to make use of. The footwear are available unisex sizing and might be purchased in singles or pairs.
The footwear can be found on each Reebok and Zappos’ web sites in a number of colorways and sizes. Beginning immediately, you may as well get 2022 Particular Olympics USA variations of the Nanoflex Parafit TR. For people trying to purchase single footwear, that choice will solely be bought on Zappos, however the firms didn’t give concrete timing. Simply that it might be “quickly.”
This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen accessible sneaker designs lately. Nike made a splash in 2021 when it launched the Go FlyEase, which had been hands-free sneakers that includes a bistable hinge. These sneakers sparked controversy, nevertheless, as Nike solely had a restricted quantity out there in inventory. That, in flip, led folks with disabilities to be unable to simply purchase the shoe as resellers snapped them up and bought them at a excessive markup.
We’ll must see how Reebok handles availability. Hopefully, hypebeasts don’t wreck this for the communities that might genuinely profit from Reebok’s design. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless an encouraging signal to see extra firms create adaptive footwear that advantages everybody.