‘Power laces, alright!’ When Michael J Fox reached down to tie up his Nikes in ‘Back to the Future Part II’ the year was 2015, and his twenty-first century trainers auto-laced.
Now, 28 years after the film, Nike has finally made a self-lacing shoe. Wired magazine has the full story, chronicling the development of Nike's ‘adaptive fit’ technology.
The new trainer is called the HyperAdapt 1.0, and the way it works is that when you you put your foot in, your heel hits a sensor and the shoe will automatically tighten. A tiny motor powers the lacing system and a light in the heel alerts you when the battery is running down (Nike says the trainer has a two week charge).
The bad news is that the HyperAdapt 1.0 is only available in the US, from November 28.
Now when do we get a hoverboard?
The new HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers don't look much like Marty McFly’s. But last year Nike released the limited-edition Nike Mag, with all proceeds going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.