Footwear manufacturing giants, Nike is donating 30,000 pairs of shoes specifically designed for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 across United States health systems and hospitals.
The Air Zoom Pulse, which was released in November 2019, is the company’s “first shoe designed for the health care athlete, an everyday hero,” Nike said in its announcement on Monday.
The company has partnered with the non-profit Good 360 to deliver 30,000 shoes to workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York. Sneakers are also being sent to hospitals across Europe.
The company said health care workers in New York City and Los Angeles will also receive about 95,000 pairs of soccer socks offering mild compression.
The footwear company, went to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, to study those in the healthcare industry taking into account the challenges of those on the job which includes long hours on their feet and liquid spills and the comfort needed for long shifts.
The effort is led by messages of gratitude to healthcare professionals,” Nike said in its release. “From one athlete to another, Nike athletes recognize the physical and mental resilience of health care athletes.”
Hospitals across Europe — including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Belgium — will receive an additional 2,500 pairs, Nike said.
To date, Nike and the Nike Foundation have committed more than $25 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, according to the company.
More than 3.5 million cases of Coronavirus, including at least 251,000 deaths, have been recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.