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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

Affiliations: Morgan State University

Appeared or available online: June 24, 2020

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