IT may seem like just a simple action, but for many people, tying up their shoe laces is just not possible.
This is the case for college student Matthew Walzer, who was born with cerebral palsy and unable to tie up his own laces.
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Embarrassed and frustrated, Walzer wrote a letter to Nike in 2012 asking if they could help him out.
“Out of all the challenges I have overcome in my life, there is one that I am still trying to master, tying my shoes. Cerebral palsy stiffens the muscles in the body. As a result I have flexibility in only one of my hands which makes it impossible for me to tie my shoes. My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes everyday.
“I’ve worn Nike basketball shoes all my life. I can only wear this type of shoe because I need ankle support to walk. I am currently wearing the Lunar Hyper Gamer and LeBron Zoom Soldier 6s. At 16 years old, I am able to completely dress myself, but my parents still have to tie my shoes. As a teenager who is striving to become totally self-sufficient, I find this extremely frustrating, and at times, embarrassing,” Walzer wrote.
After receiving the letter Nike conducted years of research and on Monday, launched the Zoom Soldier 8 – A shoe that was designed specifically for people with disabilities.