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Nike’s Back to the Future self-lacing shoes will soon be available to the public

By Liu Hongzuo - on 17 Mar 2016, 10:23am

Nike’s Back to the Future self-lacing shoes will soon be available to the public

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 with "adaptive lacing". 

Back in October 2015, we celebrated the conception of Back to the Future for its idealistic innovations that inspired our younger selves. Today, a practical pair of BttF self-lacing shoes brings us another step closer to futuristic technology.

Last night, Nike announced the HyperAdapt 1.0 – a pair of self-lacing sports shoes designed to incorporate both the fantasy of adaptive lacing with proper engineering for the trainers to be functional as sportswear. The adaptive lacing allows the shoe to tighten and loosen by its wearer at their will.

According to Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator at Nike Inc., the shoe automatically tightens when the heel of your foot hits the built-in sensor. The sneakers also come with two buttons on the sides, which allow the wearer to adjust the lace to a perfect fit. While the Nike Mag leans closer to the original design of the kicks that belonged to Marty McFly, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is a “more technical, sport version”, which makes the shoe more reliable as actual footwear for athletes.


Tinker Hatfield, Lead Designer of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, said that the new “adaptive lacing” shoes allow sportspeople to make swift micro-adjustments, preventing slippage from loose laces. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” said Hatfield.

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers will be available later this year, but only to Nike+ members. It will come in three colors. Nike has yet to announce the price of these sneakers.

Source: Nike

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