A surprise sneaker giveaway for these health care workers

Specialty sneaker company CLOVE is giving away shoes to front line and essential medical workers helping to fight COVID.
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next guest saw a need for a sneaker that could meet the unique requirements of healthcare workers who spend most of their time on their feet. Joe Amon founded clove footwear in 2019. Over the past six months, he's given over $75,000 worth of products to help those fighting on the front lines. The founder himself Joe is here to tell us more about it. Thank you for being with us. Tell us first why you decided to create a sneaker specifically for healthcare workers. First off, Amy, thank you so much for having me. It's an honor to be on the program. And really, the inspiration for clove came from my wife who's a registered nurse. I saw her in a specific four-month span buy four pairs of shoes in four months and spend almost $500, and I started asking questions, why can't you find exactly what you need and that kicked off what eventually became clove, we started the ground up creating the perfect shoe for healthcare workers. Over 2,000 hours of testing that happened in Philadelphia hospitals. That went making into your products. Tell us what makes clove unique for healthcare workers. Yeah, so, typically in footwear, the's stettics come first. Functionality is an afterthought. We started by asking, what would be the perfect set of functionality for healthcare professionals? And really, if you think about it, nurses and other healthcare workers are shoe superusers. They're walking a half marathon every week. They're interacting with blood and bodily fluids and other things that just normal shoes aren't ideally made for. So, really, we got excited about this feature set and then covid hit, then it really brought into focus all the research and feedback that we had gotten during that testing phase. Our shoes are easy clean. You can use the same wipe that you use in the hospital to wipe your shoes with no degradation of the product. We wanted to connect you with nurses in New York area. A group of nurses who worked on the neuroscience icu floor, they pivoted to a covid floor overnight. They're joining us right now. First of all, thank you all for your incredible service and I know, Nataly, you were there on the frontlines with your unit, tell us what your experience was like. Pivot is a great word to use, it was definitely a quick and challenging transition, but luckily, we felt so supportive on our floor. Our nurse manager, our medical director were fareless leaders for us. It was nice to see the community come and step up and provide us with endless support as well, anything from food deliveries to the fdny coming out every single night at 7:00 keeping us going, keeping us cheering, keeping us positive, and mostly, it was these workers that ended up becoming family and we got each other through it. So couldn't have done it without them and we're just endlessly grateful for all of the support. Got chills just listening to that. We're grateful for you. Joe, you have something that you want to say to this group. Yeah, so, honestly, I saw my wife's reality change overnight as a nurse and then change weekly after that, and it really brought a lot of solace to me to know that she had a shoe that kept her safe and comfortable when she was working working through one of the most challenging periods of her career, so we wanted to replicate that for you by outfitting your entire team in clove shoes. Thank you. It means the world to us and we're so, so honored to do something for you folks who have just been incredible. Nataly, I heard the applause. How excited are you? We're so excited. Very excited. Thank you so much, Joe. Of course. It's our honor. All right, Joe, all the nurses there at nyu Langon, we want to tell everyone you can check out clove on their Instagram. At goclove and goclove.com. Thank you, everyone. Thank you.

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