Nike has announced that its self-lacing trainers will go on sale on 28 November. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, inspired by the shoes worn by Back to the Future protagonist Marty McFly, will be available at select Nike outlets in the US, presumably costing top dollar.
Nike has been working on the HyperAdapt 1.0 for some time but only gave us our first glimpse of its futuristic footwear in March this year. The company first teased that it was working on power-lacing trainers when it showcased a near-exact replica of the Nike Air Mags worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II. The shoes were shown off on 21 October 2015, which is the date Fox's character McFly travels into the future to from 1989.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 contains a motorised cable mechanism and sensors that adjust the fit according to the amount of pressure placed on the sole. There are buttons on the side of the shoes that the wearer can press to tighten or loosen the laces, with the idea being that eventually the shoes will learn the wearer's preferences. True to the film, there are even lights on the trainers that light up when the laces are tied.
Sadly, all that tech means the HyperAdapt 1.0 needs to be charged – for about three hours every two weeks, in fact – which detracts from the cool factor slightly.
Also "heavy" is the fact that the price is likely to be more than your average pair of kicks, plus the lack of availability for UK buyers. I guess us Brits aren't ready for that yet.