Back to the Future II was close to hitting the mark when it predicted 2015 would bring hoverboards, self-tying shoes, and wearable devices. One year later, one of these predictions has come to fruition.
On Wednesday, Nike announced that a self-lacing shoe will be available to the public during the upcoming holiday season.
Called the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the sneaker will feature “adaptive lacing” that will automatically tighten and loosen the shoe at the press of a button.
In a statement via the Huffington Post, Nike senior innovator, Tiffany Beers, explained how the self-lacing feature will work.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect,” Beers stated.
Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield believes this is a step in the right direction of the sneaker giant and hopefully one day Nike will release a self-lacing creation that will adjust automatically.
“Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive,” Hatsfield stated.
The sneakers will be available in three different colors and will only be available to members of Nike’s fitness portal Nike+, which customers can download the app for free on Google Play, Apple’s App store and Microsoft’s Windows store.
This isn’t the first time Nike released self-lacing sneakers.
Check out the promo for the HyperAdapt 1.0 below.