The sporting apparel giant Nike has finally introduced the long awaited self-tying shoes!
Ever since Back to the Future II came out back in 1989 everybody has been waiting impatiently for the day when Nike will release a self-tying shoe just like the one seen in the movie, in which Michael J. Fox’s character Marty was sporting in the fictional year of 2015. And now these shoes are a reality!
Last year Nike revealed a limited series of a similar self-tying shoe. The “power laces” of the footwear were actually adapting to the user’s motions like the Nike Meg shoes featured in Back to the Future II. However, the new prototypes are more sophisticated and high-tech than the limited edition from 2015. The new self-tying footwear is called HyperAdapt 1.0. Nike introduced them earlier this March and gave out little information about the product, but it was sufficient enough to end up in the headlines. So, what will the HyperAdapt do and how will it do it exactly?
The officials at Nike were kind enough to explain. The new prototypes have special heat sensors near the heal area, which gets activated when you slip your foot into the self-tying shoes. There are two buttons on the side of the footwear. While the laces automatically tie themselves, the wearer can use the buttons to control how tight the laces should be by loosening or tightening them around his/ her feet. The company has named this special new feature as “adaptive lacing”. Nike’s officials are currently working on a way to improve the prototypes by making the lace tying mechanism even better with automatic adjustments. The HyperAdapt self-tying shoes are expected to go up for sale by the end of this year and apparently all profits the company makes will be handed over to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.