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The concept of self-tying shoelaces was first introduced in the 1989 film Back to the Future II in the form of the Nike Air Mag. Nearly 30 years later, the brand have delivered on this prediction with the introduction of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.

The shoe was kickstarted on the film’s Nike Air Mag’s fictitious release date, 21st October last year. Revealed at Nike’s annual summit last week, the self-lacing trainers will adjust to your foot’s width and needs, each shoe becoming “an individually responsive system that senses the wearer’s motion to provide adaptive on-demand comfort and support.”

While the motorised lacing function is only set in motion by the touch of a button on the side of the shoe, the concept of adaptive lacing is set to mark a milestone in the direction of athletic footwear technology.   Nike footwear designer Tinker Hatfield hinted at the next steps in a reflection at the the presentation in the summit, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available exclusively to members of Nike+ the brand’s health and fitness app community very soon.  Make sure to sign up at Nike.com and be the first to know when it’s released!

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