Ever since Marty McFly suited up in his pair of self-lacing Nike Mags, geeks and shoe aficionados alike have been clamoring for a real-life pair. Now Nike has finally cracked it.
Wired has an in-depth feature inside Nike’s skunkworks design lab, and it features the unveiling of the company’s new self-lacing sneakers. Dubbed the HyperAdapt 1.0, the new shoes are the fruit of 28 years' worth of brainstorming and more than a decade of extensive R&D. The shoes use a new “adaptive fit” technology, and come with a sensor, motor, battery and cable system built in. The shoes adjust to the person’s foot with an algorithmic pressure equation.
To keep all that tech running, you’ll need to charge the shoes every two weeks (the process takes about three hours). It looks pretty cool in action, though we’ll withhold final judgment until we actually get to run a 5K in a pair of these bad boys.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 hits shelves Nov. 28. Pricing is still unknown, though we’ll go ahead and assume it’ll cost a lot.