Nike is releasing a range of shoes specifically designed for health care professionals who are on their feet all day.
Product testing for the Nike Air Zoom Pulse was carried out by the medical staff at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. This was done in order to help the designers better understand what demands a shoe must meet for such workers.
In a statement, Nike said: “During the sessions [at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital], the designers of the Air Zoom Pulse learned the rigours of these health-care workers’ day-to-day efforts.” (1)
“Nurses, for example, walk approximately four to five miles and sit for less than an hour during the course of a 12-hour shift. The work is physically and mentally demanding. The design for the Air Zoom Pulse tackles those challenges with simplicity in mind. The shoe is easy to get on and off, and equally simple to clean. The fit, cushioning and traction systems work together to secure the foot in all hospital conditions.”
The result is a shoe that is durable, comfortable and versatile, with spill protection and a grippy sole. The Nike Air Zoom Pulse is the perfect shoe for the “everyday hero” who work tirelessly to serve the public. (2)
Nike explains: “The design confronts a range of medical-worker-specific challenges. How can a shoe be both comfortable for long stretches of standing and versatile enough to support the hurried movements required in emergency situations? The answer comes through the Pulse’s full-rubber outsole, a flexible drop-in midsole with Zoom Air heel unit and a heel fit so secure, it feels like a soft, snug hug.”
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Features
- protective PU-coating for easy cleaning
- elastic strap for easy slip on and off
- durable rubber sole
- traction pattern to grip on wet surfaces
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Release Date
Nurses and doctors will be able to choose between six different styles of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse (3). The shoe will be made available starting December 7th on its website. In addition, all profits made from the shoe sales will be donated to OHSU Doernbeher Children’s Hospital and the Doernbecher Freestyle Program.