Reebok has launched a range of adaptive trainers for people with restricted mobility. Called Fit to Fit, the sneakers can be easily put on and removed.
The shoes were created in partnership with Zappos’ adaptive department, the two companies aiming to create shoes that are inclusive in performance and lifestyle. They interviewed people with mobility issues as part of the product development process.
“We created the Reebok Fit to Fit adaptive footwear collection to champion Reebok’s mission of inspiring human movement for all,” Reebok product manager Dan Buonomo said in an interview with Dezeen.
“The collection’s goal is to provide functional products for everyone, while still holding true to Reebok’s iconic design heritage.”
Key to the range is the absence of buttons and buckles which can be a challenge for people with restricted mobility. A zip on the side ensures the shoe fits, but the laces remain so the shoes retain the style and look of those made for typical consumers. Once tied to fit, they don’t need to be retied each wearing.
Removable insoles accommodate prosthetics and a low-cut design aids mobility. A sports shoe based on Reebok’s Nanoflext TR features a pull tab in the heel making it easier for people using wheelchairs to remove the shoes from behind.
Another shoe, the Club MEMT Parafit, based on the tennis shoe of the same name, has a removable insole and comes in wider sizes to accommodate prosthetics.
Initially available in pairs, Reebok and Zappos plan to sell single shoes for people who have only one foot.