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Nike designed a shoe simply to improve quality of life

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Nike designed a shoe simply to improve quality of life
Source: BrightVibes

17 year old Mike wanted to be able to put on his own shoes when he’s at college, here’s how Nike responded

Source: Nike

‘If you have a body, you’re an athlete’

Michael suffers from cerebral palsy. When he was 17, he knew he wanted to go to college. He also knew that he wanted to be able to live as normal a life as possible – and that meant not having to rely on his parents to help him put on his shoes every morning. 

So he wrote this letter to Nike

They responded with a shoe that isn’t designed to help athletes ‘run faster, jump higher, or perform better’, but simply to improve quality of life. 

When Nike say ‘if you have a body, you’re an athlete’, "that means everybody", says Mark Parker from Nike. Mike’s story proves it. 

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