New Nike sneaker provides better support for doctors and nurses

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Nike has designed a new slip-on sneaker to better meet the needs of healthcare providers, who spend much of their working day standing in hospitals, but also need to move quickly in an emergency.

Nike called its Air Zoom Pulse a shoe “for everyday heroes”.

Basketball secures the foot “in all hospital conditions” by combining a full rubber outsole with a flexible midsole and a heel fit that feels like a “soft, comfortable hug,” according to Nike’s announcement.


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Plus, a coated toe box and traction pattern protect against spills on smooth hospital floors. The shoe is easy to put on and take off. And it can be easily cleaned.

“The Air Zoom Pulse is thought of as almost a traditional, athletic-looking clog – all of the arch and posture support from this industry favorite is increased in the Pulse, along with the ability for fluid natural movement,” Nike’s announcement said.

When designing the shoe, Nike sought the advice of medical providers at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. The company noted that nurses walked at least four miles in a 12-hour shift when they often only sat for less than an hour.

The sneaker will be available on December 7 in several models, including six designed by a patient at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. All profits will be donated to the hospital.

Here are the other models:

Desiree Castillo Nike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Desiree Castillo, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.

Kahleah Corona Nike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Kahleah Corona, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.

Ethan Ellis Nike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Ethan Ellis, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.

Bransen FernandoNike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Bransen Fernando, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.

Sawyer Miller Nike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Sawyer Miller, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.

Zion Thompson Nike Air Zoom PulseSource / Nike

Zion Thompson, a patient at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., Designed this version of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneaker.


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