This is no longer a futuristic vision – Nike’s self-lacing sneakers, titled HyperAdapt 1.0 will become available for purchasing on “select retail” on November 28th, 2016.
The big news was announced on Nike Innovation 2016, together with other upcoming products, like Air Vapor Max or the Mercurial X EA Sports.
Wired.com was invited by the company for a look behind the scenes of the shoe’s development, and in this great article, they tell the story of how Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has brought this vision, which we all remember from “Back to the Future,” to life.
“He and another young designer at Nike named Mark Parker had just returned from a brainstorming session in Hollywood with film director Robert Zemeckis, who was storyboarding the sequel to his sci-fi comedy hit of three years earlier, Back to the Future. It was 1988, and Zemeckis and his creative team were on the hunt for futuristic sight gags for the film, set in 2015”
It’s been 27 years since we watched with envy as Marty McFly try on the Nike self-lacing shoes, and ride a hoverboard. After witnessing quite a few failed attempts to bring the latter into the real world, we are now seriously excited to see the HyperAdapt in action.
According to some reviews, the highly anticipated shoes are sure to be comfortable and easy to use. The only downside is the fact we’ll have to charge them every two weeks or so.
Here’s Wired’s video explaining what to expect: