Nike’s self-lacing shoes are finally a reality

Nike has been developing the technology for 10 years and is now ready to release the HyperAdapt 1.0.

Meryl D'Souza March 20, 2016

Remember watching Back To The Future II and being excited by all that gadget awesomeness the future promised? Flying cars, hoverboards, self-tying shoes and the like.

Back then 2015 looked amazing. But 2015’s come and gone. Flying cars are still a way off, although there are self-driving ones. Lexus teased us with a hoverboard, but we've had to settle for handle-free segways.

Last year, people lost their minds when Michael J Fox debuted Nike’s self-lacing shoes on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. But even those were just prototypes.

But Nike has hustled to bring us Marty McFly’s version of the future with the HyperAdapt 1.0 that was unveiled at their innovation summit on March 16 in New York. The HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers will launch later in 2016 and will feature what Nike is calling "electro-adaptive reactive laces (EARL)".

The mechanics of the self-lacing sneakers are simple: Once your foot is in, it triggers a sensor that makes the shoe conform to fit. There are buttons on the side to keep the sneakers snug, but Nike’s end game is to do away with those buttons as well.

The shoes run on rechargeable batteries that take about three hours to charge and last a couple of weeks. The same battery will power an LED inside the sole, which will indicate battery life.

Nike’s marketing the kicks towards athletes, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to start running track just to get your mitts on them. Though there is a certain exclusivity to it: The shoes will only be available to those who've signed up for Nike's overhauled Nike+ app.

The future is finally here, and Ronaldo already has his pair. So what are you waiting for?