Teen challenged Nike to create sneaker for the disabled
Putting on a pair of sneakers may not seem like a big deal to you. But for 19-year-old Matthew Walzer, who was born with cerebral palsy, just that simple act means a lot.
Frustration at having his parents tie his shoes drove Matthew at age 16 to write a letter to corporate giant Nike directly asking CEO Mark Parker for help. He wanted a sneaker he could put on himself.
The letter caught Parker's attention. He and his team of designers got to work developing a running show for disabled athletes.
Using one of pro basketball player Lebron James sneaker designs, Nike developed new technology. The result is the Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease.
Matthew is now in college. Not surprisingly would love to work for Nike someday.
The shoes are available now for $130 a pair.