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Open Access Designed for diabetic health!: Exploratory sneaker changing the direction in footwear for the Black community

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The purpose of this design concept was to create a stylish diabetic sneaker for individuals with diabetes. The creation of a sneaker design to accommodate diabetic foot conditions is a distinct need in the special footwear industry. Health-related preventive measures that would make a sneaker more comfortable yet fashionable for communities of people of colour who have diabetes were explored. By promoting awareness of preventions that can be undertaken to improve the quality of life for individuals with diabetes, this sneaker design concept, which incorporates health-related features, will help change the direction of sneaker design for individuals with diabetes in the Black community and will enhance their efforts to be more physically active.

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Keywords: African American; design; diabetic; footwear; health; innovation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000122244258Morgan State University

Publication date: January 1, 2021

This article was made available online on June 24, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Designed for diabetic health!: Exploratory sneaker changing the direction in footwear for the Black community".

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  • Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal specifically dedicated to the area of fashion scholarship and its interfacings with popular culture. It was established to provide an interdisciplinary environment for fashion academics and practitioners to publish innovative scholarship in all aspects of fashion and popular culture relating to design, textiles, production, promotion, consumption and appearance-related products and services. Articles related to history, manufacturing, aesthetics, sourcing, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, technology, psychological/sociological aspects of dress, style, body image, and cultural identities, as well as purchasing, shopping, and the ways and means consumers construct identity as associated to Fashion, Style & Popular Culture are welcomed. The journal offers a broad range of written and visual scholarship and includes works done through various methods of research. We welcome conceptual, theoretical and translational applied research in the areas of fashion, style and popular culture. This journal hopes to stimulate new discussions in the fashion disciplines and to push the envelope of scholarship by welcoming new and established scholars to submit their works.

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