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Nike’s Accessible Slip-On Sneaker Draws Flak For Not Being So Accessible
By Alexa Heah, 04 May 2021
Image via Nike
Earlier this year, Nike launched the ‘Go FlyEase’ shoe, the first-ever hands-free sneaker. However, due to its limited release, many scalpers have been reselling the US$120 model for up to US$2,000 online.
The disabled community has now voiced its thoughts, arguing that Nike shouldn’t have marketed the shoe as “accessible” and then limit its supply. Plus, this isn’t the first Nike launch that’s ended up being resold for over 10 times its value online, and customers feel the sportswear brand could’ve anticipated the demand.
As per Input, TikTok user Louie pointed out that resellers aren’t the only ones to blame, as Nike shares the responsibility for not ensuring its most-accessible shoe could meet demand.
“Nike could do more and could do better if they actually want the shoe to be accessible for people with disabilities,” Louie said in a video.
Many people with disabilities felt that Nike had used their stories to sell to the masses, exploiting their needs without giving them first access to a launch that would benefit them a great deal.
In response to the criticism, a Nike spokesperson told Input that “more units and additional colorways of the shoe will be available this year,” though the representative did not directly address the concerns of the disabled community.
Hopefully, Nike will ensure its next release can meet the demand, or allow people with disabilities first access to the shoe.
[via Input Magazine, cover image via Nike]
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