Earlier today, top of the line athletic brand, Nike announced that it plans to donate 30,000 pairs of its Air Zoom Pulse shoes to health care heroes fighting the COVID-19 outbreak on the front lines. The sneakers will be distributed at hospitals and health care systems in New York City, Chicago, Memphis and Los Angeles, as well the Veterans Health Administration.
Another 2,500 pairs of the sneaker will be donated to hospitals in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Belgium.
Nike touted the Air Zoom Pulse as the company’s “first shoe designed for the health care athlete, an everyday hero,” in a statement announcing the news. The shoe’s fit, cushioning and traction systems were touted as being designed to keep the foot secure in hospital settings, and the shoes themselves were designed with considerations from medical professionals at Oregon Health and Science University and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., in mind.