September 23, 2016
It has been done. The humble sneaker has finally been brought to life in the form of self-lacers, and for that, we can thank the brilliant minds at Nike for this futuristic, game-changing invention.
The pair of kicks will be called the HyperAdapt 1.0, and will work just like the shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to The Future II.
“We’re talking about a project that’s maybe the most difficult in the history of footwear,” Hatfield says. “I’m more excited about this than any project I’ve ever been involved with,” said Tinker Hatfield, designer of the HyperAdapt 1.0, in an exclusive interview with WIRED.
In a nutshell, these shoes will work by virtue of an internal cable system that senses your feet and tightens “laces” based on an algorithmic pressure equation. The “laces” are an intricate arrangement of fishing lines that are controlled by this system. So all you’ve got to do is slip these babies on and wait for the magic to happen.
Once the shoes have tightened and your feet are snug, LEDs placed in the heel will light up. These same LEDs will also light up once the shoe’s batteries are drained. A single charge will take approximately three hours and will last for two weeks.
The price of these sneakers has not yet been disclosed. But according to a tweet by Heidi Burgett, Nike’s Public Relations Director, the shoes will launch at select Nike retail stores in the US and will be based on appointments only.
HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience & purchase begin 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl
— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) September 20, 2016
Check out how the shoes work in this video by WIRED:
All images taken from Nike.