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October 11, 2016

Katie Eggleston DPT awaits release of self tying shoe this fall


Katie Eggleston DPT is a physical therapist at at Child and Family Development and works at our Pineville office.  She has been following the story of the Nike self tying shoes for awhile and is eagerly anticipating the contest announcment revealing the first lucky people to own the shoes on October 17. The design is based on the Back To The Future film and the contest is centered around Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  

There is a motor under the arch of the shoe and you use push buttons on the sides to tighten or loosen so that the laces adjust to each individual foot. As feet swell or move through the day, you can readjust at a push of a button! The battery charge lasts up to 2 weeks and lights on the back of the shoe help let you know how much power is left before you need to recharge. They’re working to continue to progress the shoe to someday be fully automatic with no buttons to continue to provide adaptive and innovative footwear.

Katie’s interest has a clinical and therapeutic slant, of course.  She shares:

“Not sure what size range or price is, but this could be a great product for teens and adults with disabilities to have more independence and normalcy.”

Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 with similar self-tying laces go on sale in late November.