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Retooling the Shoe | The Spin

We at BILLY Footwear are incredibly grateful for the three page article showcased in the Spring 2017 issue of The Spin. Michelle Smith, thank you for reaching out. Cliff Bridges, thank you for your eloquent and wonderful writing. And Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC), thank you for your overwhelming generosity. The Spin is a quarterly magazine from SCI BC that covers all the hot topics relating to living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), including new technologies, developments in research, and stories about people with SCI who have found ways to overcome challenges and thrive. It’s an entertaining and informative read that was created for people living with SCI and their families. SCI BC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people...

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Universally Cool Shoes | New Mobility

by: Tiffiny Carlson | March 1st, 2017 “Universal design with fashion in mind” — this is the mission behind Billy Footwear, the world’s first shoe company to make shoes that work for everyone, including those with limited dexterity. “I didn’t want to wear shoes that screamed ‘adaptive,’” says Billy Price, a C6 quad from Seattle, Washington. This is what led him to co-found Billy Footwear, a company that is all about fashionable shoes and promoting universal design. So far his company has designed seven stunningly cool shoes with a drop-jaw universal element that works great for quads — a zipper that wraps around the base of the shoe, allowing the wearer to place their foot in unobstructed, and then close...

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Identity, Diversity and Inclusion | Lean In Seattle

BILLY Footwear is honored to participate in this month's Lean In Seattle workshop, Foundation & Movement Series: Identity, Diversity & Inclusion.  Please join us on Saturday, February 4 at Galvanize in Pioneer Square.  Doors open at 9am.  This month's workshop tackles one of the most pressing issues in today's world: diversity and inclusion. The workshop will provide individuals with the opportunity to develop their own narrative - "who am I" - in this conversation, include an overview of the wealth of D&I initiatives and goals in Seattle, and dive into how each individual can contribute to inclusion in our community. This will be a powerful workshop for everyone who wants to participate in creating authenticity and belonging for all in...

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Designing for the Full Range of Human Experience | Open to All

JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2017 THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN 1010 WESTERN AVENUE, SEATTLE, WA 98104 | 206.667.9184    A woman pulls a rolling suitcase up a curb ramp in a city sidewalk.  A box-laden customer opens a shop’s power door with the touch of a hip. Young people around their cell phones, texting. Our environment is full of innovations – curb cuts, power doors, texting — that were designed to support people with disabilities, but benefit all members of our community.   At the same time, our world is still full of places and things designed for a mythical “average user,” not for the majority of us who don’t fit that standard description. A light switch that’s too high, a touch-screen kiosk that requires good vision: these challenges are all around us. One size does not...

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BILLY Footwear Adaptive Shoes Take Anyone, Anywhere | Seattle Magazine

The zippered shoe designed by Billy Price appeals to kids who need help with laces, grown-ups with arthritis and anyone in a hurry  BILLY PRICE DESIGNS ADAPTIVE SHOES THAT WORK FOR ANYBODY Walking into Billy Price’s Capitol Hill condo, you notice the exceptional view of downtown, the plush lounge chair perfect for brainstorming startup dreams, and Price himself, a quadriplegic. Drawing less attention are his leather Oxford shoes with a subtle zipper around the toe. Price, who became quadriplegic after a 1996 accident that occurred during his first week at the University of Washington, has enough dexterity to dress himself, but shoes have been a challenge. His solution? Billy Footwear. “The root problem was not being able to tie laces...

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