Marty McFly, eat your heart out. Self-lacing shoes are here for real, and you don’t even need to jump behind the wheel of a DeLorean to get your hands on a pair.
Only two years after the date that Back to the Future II promised us we’d all be strutting around in self-lacing kicks, Nike have delivered the futuristic technology in the form of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, set to be released in the US this month then hit Australian stores in February 2018.
The hotly anticipated low-tops don’t look quite as out-there as Marty’s high-top Air MAGs but they’re every bit as technologically advanced, as Nike takes its first steps into the future of adaptive fit.
The ‘power laces’ respond to a sensor on the heel of the sneaker then automatically fasten via a battery and motor system, and can also be adjusted by two manual buttons on the side. The sensors also pick up on athletes’ sudden and subtle movements, tightening and loosening and absorbing pressure to support your feet on the move.
The space-age technology has been in development for more than a decade and is described by Nike as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place” — namely sneakers that tailor themselves to your feet in real time to enhance athletic performance.
“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Nike’s Vice President of Creative Concepts Tinker Hatfield, clearly imagining Doc’s DeLorean hurtling towards 88mph.
The sneakers come in Black/White-Blue Lagoon, Black/White-Red Lagoon, and Sport Royal/White colourways, including a glowing LED in the sole.
The self-lacing sneakers are about to drop in the United States later this month, followed by Asia and Europe, then Australia in February 2018, retailing for US$720 (AU$900) — not cheap, but nowhere near as expensive as transforming a vintage DeLorean into a time machine.