Great Scott! Back to the Future (II) has come good on yet another one of its spookily accurate predictions, and as a result the world is about to profit from none other than self-lacing shoes from Nike.
Ok, so the Chicago Cubs didn’t win the World Series in 2015, but Doc and Marty aren’t miracle workers. Besides, they were right about video phones, hands free gaming, drones, and hover boards (kind of).
When we told you about Nike’s plans to make self-tying shoes back in January of 2015, you probably thought that it would never come to fruition, or that at best it would take years to produce.
But true to their word, and 26 years after Back to the Future II predicted them, Nike has released the Hyperadapt 1.0, unveiling them at Nike’s Innovation for Every Body conference in New York City yesterday.
As soon as your heel slips into the kicks and activates the sensors the shoe will tighten around your foot, and has two buttons on the side to adjust the tightness for comfort. They’ll come in three different colours and have a light up strip on the sole.
The Hyperadapt 1.0 will go on sale this holiday season, but you’ll need to be a Nike+ member to get them initially. Nike is yet to announce a price for the futuristic kicks. But we imagine it’s that ind of Marty McFly money.
Nike describes the self-tying shoes as the first performance vehicle for adaptive lacing, and they hope that in the future this will evolve into sneakers that actually sense when you need your shoe tightened or loosened and will do it for you. Which we imagine would be very handy for professional athletes.
Designer Tinker Hatfield said, “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it. We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”
No disrespect Tinker, but we’re pretty sure Doc had the idea way before you guys did.