It is official: Nike has just announced the new HyperAdapt self lacing sneakers and will be in stores from November this year.
Nike designer Tinker Hatfield promised us self lacing sneakers to mimic the kicks worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II, and now we know what day they’ll go on sale.
We are yet to have an official price for this amazing self lacing sneakers, but we expect a “high price tag,” according to a Wired feature on the shoe’s development.
The fantastic part of the self lacing sneakers is the lacing motor, that makes the shoe to be as tight or as loose as the wearer “sees fit”. But don’t expect to find them in stores around, only selected Nike stores will be taking appointments to try and buy the shoe from November 28.
Shoe technology hasn’t been the most popular field, but it still brings in lots of cash -just ask Nike or Adidas. Dedicated customers are always available to buy them, especially athlete who are of the belief that they can help boost performance.
A tweet from Nike’s Heidi Burgett made the announcement, saying that the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available for “experience and purchase” by November 28, 2016. These shoes will be available in select US stores only, and are expected to command a hefty price tag.
HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience & purchase begin 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl
— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) September 20, 2016
Each shoe is known to have an internal cable system made from fishing line and a pressure sensor in the sole. When you put your foot in, the cables tighten based on “an algorithmic pressure equation,” and this fit can be adjusted throughout the day with a pair of buttons near the tongue.
LEDs in the heel light up when the shoes are tightening and when it’s on low battery, and all the internal electronics mean that yes, you do have to charge these shoes.
It takes three hours for a full charge and each charge last about two weeks, with Nike providing a magnetic clip-on charger similar to that used by Apple for the Apple Watch. It’s also worth noting that the thick nylon laces you see on the top of the sneaker are just “visual aids” — they tighten, but they’re not what’s keeping the shoe hugged to your foot.
You can watch the video below from Wired for a closer look: