The future is here!
Nike just announced that they will be releasing, Nike Adapt, a pair of self-lacing shoes! Yes, that's correct self-lacing shoes, just like in 'Back to the Future 2'!
While the sneakers don't have a physical button on them to activate the tying, they are controlled by an app on your smartphone.
The Nike Adapts were first tested with basketball players. Eric Avar, the creative director of innovation at Nike says "during a normal game of basketball the athlete's foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete's experience."
According to the BBC, when the sneakers are put on, "a custom motor and gear will sense the tension needed by the foot and adjust accordingly." These mechanics are hidden underneath the shoe's fabric.
Nike Adapt allows the person wearing the shoe to customize the fit, as well as control the different setting such as, loosening and tightening. All the adjustments are done through a smartphone app that also saves, stores, and even gives the option to share the users' preferences.
The shoe will be available for purchase and will cost about $350. Which is cheaper than a phone these days!
It's been said that Nike plans on creating this same idea into other shoe styles.