In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly Jr. rides a hoverboard and wears self-lacing Nike shoes as he deals with the local high school bullies. Last year Hendo unveiled its new hoverboard design that actually works and now Nike has created the self-lacing shoes. It seems the future has arrived.
Nike’s self-lacing shoes are called the HyperAdapt 1.0. Nike’s CEO Mark Parker recently introduced the product at the 2016 Nike Innovation event in New York City.
So How Does the Sneaker Work?
When you put your foot in, your heel hits a sensor which prompts the system to tighten the shoe and laces. On the side are two buttons which allow you to loosen and tighten as desired.
Nike has been developing this new technology since 2013 and these shoes are pretty spot on compared to what Marty McFly wore in the film. The HyperAdapt 1.0 is set to be sold in three available colors for the next holiday season to Nike+ members. If you are not a Nike+ member, don’t worry, Nike has said that anyone interested can create an account online. According to Nike’s press release, the app is supposed to be updated in June and will provide access to coveted products and events.
The shoe’s designer, Tinker Hatfield, says that the shoes are designed to provide athletes the convenience of making small adjustments in fitting their shoes snugly. Hatfield said the HyperAdapt shoe aims to give athletes the ability to quickly make small adjustments to how tight or loose their shoes fit as a way of reducing the stress of competing. Self-lacing shoes might seem a little gimmicky and Nike probably never would’ve followed through with their production had it not been for the movie, but regardless the shoes are likely comfortable and convenient. No price range estimates exist as of yet but a high price can be expected.