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Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes set to debut at AOPA 2013 World Conference
Date:9/18/2013

ORLANDO, Fla, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At this year's Academy of Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Conference, taking place in Orlando from September 18th-21st, Hands-Free, LLC is introducing the world's first truly hands-free shoes with heel and ankle support in the booth of Cascade Orthopedic Supply, the largest independent distributor to the orthopedic industry in the United States.

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Tapping into the growing movement of the 77 million baby boomers' desire to age in place while maintaining their independence, Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes are a step in that direction.  With their patented Step-in-Go Technology, Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes allow the wearer to step easily into their shoes and in the same motion, effortlessly fasten their feet comfortably in place without the need to bend over or use their hands. 

Steven Kaufman, Hands-Free, LLC's founder notes that research conducted at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound found that, "senior citizens wearing canvas athletic shoes (sneakers) were the least likely to suffer falls, while those going shoeless fell the most, in a study aimed at lowering the risk of damaging and fatal falls by the elderly."  "Falls are the most frequent cause of fatal injury to older Americans", says Kaufman, "and non-fatal falls, which are also common, can greatly limit mobility and reduce the quality of life and independence for older adults.  Our shoes can help."

Using a patented mechanism, Quikiks provide true hands-free operation for people lacking the physical or cognitive ability to use traditional fasteners such as laces, buckles or even hook-and-loop straps.  Finally, people with severe arthritis or reduced motor skills, those with chronic back pain or bracing, post-op patients temporarily incapacitated due to back, arm or hand surgery, those struggling with conditions from autism to obesity, post-stroke victims, pregnant women and others, can enhance their quality-of-life and independence by being able to put on their own shoes.  The inconspicuously embedded hands-free mechanism also provides these consumers with a great deal of much needed heel and ankle support, and Quikiks will not inadvertently slip off the feet like flip-flops, slippers or clog-like shoes.  Quikiks are available in a variety of styles that have the look and feel of a typical comfort shoe.

Concurrently with the AOPA debut, Quikiks is launching a crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub.com to start taking pre-orders of this ground-breaking product at discounted pricing.  The campaign can be found at http://www.rockethub.com/projects/27769-support-hands-free-shoes-for-the-physically-or-cognitively-challenged#description-tab and runs through November 25th.

Visit us at the AOPA 2013 Exhibit Hall, Cascade Orthopedic Supply, booth #1511

About Hands-Free, LLC

Founded in 2007 by a dad whose son was in a scoliosis brace that prevented him from putting his own shoes on, Hands-Free, LLC produces their own brand of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes with their patented Step-in-Go Technology.

Hands-Free, LLC's primary mission is to better the quality-of-life and increase the independence of those that use their products by making tasks easier and less painful.  Ten percent of the company's profits go to agencies that serve people with disabilities.

News from Hands-Free, LLC is located at http://www.quikiks.com/news


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