Recently Nike released the Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase to the public, which includes a FlyEase zip closure system in the heel of the Zoom Pegasus shoe. The shoes were designed to make it easy for athletes to put them on or take them off. One of the best parts is that this feature does not take away from the functionality of the shoe. The Zoom Pegasus opens at the heel, which allows athletes to slide their foot horizontally into the back of the shoe. To put on the shoe, you pull a tab to unfasten a zip across the back of the ankle, peeling away the heel of the shoe.
Instead of regular laces, the shoe has a cord at the heel that secures a snug fit when you pull it. The shoes can be put on with one hand, allowing athletes with varying abilities to use them. Sprinters need to eliminate distractions so having shoes that are quick and easy to untie help. Nike also announced a pair of lace-less basketball shoes. The Adapt BB shoes tighten by the touch of a button or swipe of a smartphone. Last year the brand created the first running shoes with 3D printed uppers.