The Nike Air Zoom Pulse is a brand new shoe that was design for everyday heroes: nurses, doctors, home health providers and others who work tirelessly to support patients.


Product testing and medical-worker insights — those on-the-ground athletes — took place at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital located in Portland, Oregon. During the sessions, the designers of the Air Zoom Pulse learned the rigors of these health-care workers’ day-to-day efforts. Nurses, for example, walk approximately four to five miles and sit for less than an hour during the course of a 12-hour shift. The work is physically and mentally demanding. The design for the Air Zoom Pulse tackles those challenges with simplicity in mind. The shoe is easy to get on and off, and equally simple to clean. The fit, cushioning and traction systems work together to secure the foot in all hospital conditions.

One can think of the Air Zoom Pulse as almost a traditional clog made athletic — all the arch and posture support of that industry favorite is augmented in the Pulse, with a smooth capacity for natural motion.

And, of course, the shoe is also fabricated for the unforeseen peculiarities of life in the hospital. The coated toe box protects against any type of spill. Smooth surfaces present a unique challenge when designing for spills as well, and the shoe’s traction pattern solves for this by removing closed cells.

Nike Air Zoom Pulse Doernbecher Release Date

To celebrate the 16th year of the Doernbecher Freestyle program, this year’s six patient designers have added an Air Zoom Pulse to their individual collections. Those six versions of the shoe will release December 7th on All profits will be donated to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

The launch colorway of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse will release in December at select retailers and

Nike Air Zoom Pulse “Doernbecher”
Release Date: December 7, 2019

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Bransen Fernando
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Bransen Fernando Doernbecher Release Date

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Kahleah Corona
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Kahleah Corona Doernbecher Release Date

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Desiree Castillo
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Desiree Castillo Doernbecher Release Date

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Ethan Ellis
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Ethan Ellis Doernbecher Release Date

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Zion Thompson
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Zion Thompson Doernbecher Release Date

Nike Air Zoom Pulse by Sawyer Miller
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Sawyer Miller Doernbecher Release Date

(Launch colorway of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse)
Nike Air Zoom Pulse Releae Date

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