Nike has launched a new version of its popular Pegasus 35 running shoe that uses the company’s FlyEase tech so you can put it on without having to tie laces. While tying laces is second nature for most people, many others with conditions like cerebral palsy can’t do it with ease, so the new edition of the shoe will make help to make running more accessible than ever.
The FlyEase tech involves a curved zip around the back of the heel. Once it’s undone, the whole heel can be opened up so you can slide your foot into the shoe like a clog. Then you zip the opening up again and hook it on the shoe, the fit of which is also secured by a series of bungee cables running over the top of the foot, which you can tighten by pulling a cord at the heel.
Team GB sprinter Sophie Hahn, the current T38 Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European Champion over 100m, has been testing the shoes. Hahn, who has cerebral palsy, says the FlyEase tech makes her training easier.
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"I know this is quite embarrassing, but I’ve only just learnt to tie my shoelaces, and sometimes it’s a struggle with spikes and shoes,” says Hahn. “I’ve pretty much overcome that but it’s not perfect. It’s why I’m super-excited about the Nike FlyEase shoe, which will go such a long way in helping me overcome day-to-day challenges when I’m training.
“I can just turn up and not worry about tying or untying them – they’re so much easier to put on and take off! You also know that when you run, they aren’t going to come undone. There’s no need to keep bending down tying them up.”
Nike has used the FlyEase technology in other shoes (opens in new tab), including the LeBron Soldier basketball shoe, but this is the first time it’s appeared on a Pegasus running shoe. The Pegasus is popular with runners because of its versatility – it’s a great daily trainer but also light and fast enough for tempo runs and races.
The Nike Pegasus 35 FlyEase is available now on the Nike website and costs £104.95, the same price as the standard Pegasus 35. It also comes in wide and extra-wide editions, which are useful for people wearing a brace or an orthotic.
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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