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Nike’s Self-Lacing Shoes Have a Release Date

Photo: Nike via TechCrunch

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In October, Nike really took command of the momentum behind Back to the Future day and announced that the movie's self-lacing shoes would soon be a reality. Now Nike's unveiling the brand's very first shoe to use its adaptive lacing system.

It's called the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, and there's a release date too: the self-lacing shoe will be out this year during the holiday season. No pricing info is available yet, but only Nike+ members will be able to buy the shoes.

Adaptive lacing is a project years in the making, and the way it works is via a sensor that you hit with your heel when you step into the shoe. The shoe will automatically get tighter, and you can adjust to the perfect fit by using two buttons on the side of the sneaker.

This is only the first step. "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," Nike's Tinker Hatfield said in the press release.

Will our shoes be smarter than us in the future? See Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in action in this video: