If you’ve ever watched Back To The Future movies, then you’re probably familiar with Marty McFly’s famous self-lacing shoes. The first movie in the franchise came out in 1985, and people loved the idea of a self-lacing sneaker ever since then, but it seems our technology wasn’t advanced enough to make a pair — until now that is.
Last year actor Michael J. Fox, who plays Marty McFly in the Back To The Future franchise, surprised everyone when he revealed the 2015 Nike Mag, a self-lacing sneaker that looks exactly like the one from the movie. Unfortunately for most people, these sneakers were only available via auction, and all the proceeds went to the actor’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This means that only a very small number of people would get to be like Marty McFly. However, on Wednesday, Nike announced that self-lacing sneaker will be shortly available to the general public.
The shoe is called the Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0, and it features “adaptive lacing,” which will tighten or loosen your shoe at the simple press of a button. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at Nike, in a press release. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
According to Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, the plan for the future is to create a shoe that will be able to sense when it needs to be tightened or loosened and do it automatically. How awesome would that be?
Nike believes they’ll be able to release Hyper Adapt 1.0 during the 2016 holiday season. The shoe is going to be sold in three color variants, and it will be available only to members of the company’s fitness portal, Nike+. The good news is that the membership is completely free. Check out the video below.