Even if you aren't quite old enough to appreciate the Back to the Future movies, chances are that even film-averse people know about Marty McFly's Nike Air Mags and their self-tying laces. Ever since then, we've wondered when the technology would become a reality in our everyday kicks. Although Nike released a version of the Air Mags, it was largely an art piece, not something you'd rock on the streets.
This blows everything else out of the water. The Nike HyperAdapt, which has self-tying laces pic.twitter.com/1it9LeSONp
— STACK (@STACKMedia) March 16, 2016
That all changed today when Nike revealed the HyperAdapt 1.0, the first shoe with what the brand calls "adaptive lacing." Once you slide your foot into the shoe, a censor on the heel automatically begins tightening it, and you can literally see the laces contract. From there, the shoe features "plus" and "minus" buttons on the side of the upper, which let you adjust the shoe's tightness to your liking.
Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man behind much of the Air Jordan line, the shoe has soles that light up blue as you adjust the laces, something Hatfield said was inspired by the Pixar movie WALL-E. Three blue dots on the heel counter also illuminate, making the HyperAdapt look like something that dropped out of a UFO.
Worrying about the tightness of their laces, and having to readjust them during competition, have long been problems for athletes; but those problems seem like they will be solved with the HyperAdapt.
The Hyperadapt 1.0 will release at the end of 2016.
The future is here, y'all, and it's awesome.
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