Nike to donate 30,000 pairs of shoes to frontline workers

National Nurses Week: Nike will donate thousands of pairs of its sneakers designed for health care workers

Last fall, Nike released shoes specifically designed with nurses in mind. And now, amid the coronavirus outbreak, the company will donate 30,000 pairs of the sneakers to frontline workers.

In a statement released Monday, Nike said it has partnered with Good360 to distribute the shoes and equipment to health care workers across the globe.

"The effort is led by messages of gratitude to healthcare professionals. From one athlete to another, Nike athletes recognize the physical and mental resilience of healthcare athletes," the statement reads in part.

The Nike Air Zoom Pulse were unveiled in November. The company said it’s "a shoe for everyday heroes: nurses, doctors, home health providers and others who work tirelessly to support patients."

According to Nike, the shoe is almost like “a traditional clog made athletic.”

The arch and posture support are meant to hold up during long stretches of standing. The fabric is also designed with all the surprises of a health care shift in mind. They are spill resistant and have specific traction.

According to Nike, the shoe includes design elements such as:

  • No laces, to save time
  • An elastic strap that keeps the heel snug
  • Durable, rubber sole with water-dispersive traction

Nike is among the latest companies to give back to health care workers amid the coronavirus outbreak, when there has been a heightened appreciation for those on the frontlines of combating the virus. The announcement also coincides with National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6.

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