The 10-Year-Old In You Will Go Absolutely Nuts For Nike's New Self-Lacing Sneakers
Get ready to lose your sh*t for the Back to the Future-esque Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.
BY MATT MILLER | Mar 18, 2016 | Shoes
In 1989, Robert Zemeckis imagined a 2015 with hoverboards, flying cars, and self-lacing shoes. Audiences sat in theatres, watching Back to the Future Part II and wondering what the future would hold. Such hope! Such promise!
Well, 2015 came and went, and our hoverboards were actually these garbage sideways rolling scooters that didn't hover and are now illegal. We don't have flying cars, just self-driving ones. We don't have those badass Nike Mags with the power laces, either—just some prototypes to tide us over.
But now we've got good news! Because even though they're a year behind schedule, the self-lacing shoes have finally arrived. Yesterday at an event in New York, Nike unveiled its HyperAdapt 1.0, which it calls "the first performance vehicle for Nike's latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing." Adaptive lacing means you stick your foot in there and the laces tighten up on their own. Just like Marty McFly's. Just like you dreamed of as a kid.
"When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten," explains Nike's Tiffany Beers in a news release. "Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it's perfect."
And though you might just want to cruise around in them like McFly, the folks at Nike say the shoe is actually designed for athletes. They've been working on this technology for years:
They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Tinker Hatfield's original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing...Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism.
The self-lacing shoes are powered by a tiny motor that runs on a rechargeable battery. Nike says the battery takes three hours to charge in full, and will need to be charged every couple of weeks. The shoes even come with lights to let you know when they need to be charged. And if the battery dies when it's on your foot, don't worry: You can still get it off.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in three colours to Nike+ members by the beginning of the Holiday 2016 season. The future is now.
From: Esquire US.