Sports shoe lovers just got one of their dreams from Nike turned to reality as the company has set a date and price for the long expected self-lacing sports shoe. This will be one of the most exciting developments in footwear this year though the product isn’t going to be cheap at all.
Reports confirm the technology and idea of a self-lacing shoe was first proposed by Tinker Hatfield.
Hatfield is remembered for his earlier iconic sneaker designs, especially those collector pieces from Air Jordan’s first dozens that were manufactured.
The genius is also responsible for putting together the almost impossible idea of a self-lacing shoe for Back to the Future: Part II, and the shoe suddenly became the Nike Mag as far back as 1989.
Over the years, Nike’s self-lacing shoe has been considered a sneaker which can only exist in our minds but with the ever-changing development in technology, that dream has turned to reality.
.@edbaig tries on the new @Nike HyperAdapt Trainer 1.0. Basically, power lacespic.twitter.com/Z37nZpa2yQ
— Hadley Malcolm (@hadleypdxdc) March 16, 2016
Nike reportedly filed patents for auto-lacing in 2010.
Then nothing happened.
Reports confirm the Nike’s newest technology will be introduced on a different, previously unknown pair of shoes: the HyperAdapt 1.0, which releases on December 1. The shoes feature auto-lacing that employs a sensor under the midfoot that automatically tightens the system when you put your foot in the shoes (it also lights up). Buttons on the side of the sneakers allow you to tighten and loosen for a dialed-in fit.
The product will be available beginning on December 1 at two of the company’s stores in New York City before a wider national roll-out.
Interested buyers can find it at Nike’s Soho location and at the Nike+ ClubHouse.
HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience & purchase begin 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl
— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) September 20, 2016
Customers can book appointments there to try them on, or wait until later in December, when the sneakers are available at other stores and via the Nike+ app.
Select Nike+ app users will get early access to purchase the shoe on Nov. 28 for a limited time.
One problem is, it costs $720.
Just CONFIRMED with NIKE. Hyperadapt 1.0 is NOT $1000. It is $720 releasing on 12/1.pic.twitter.com/eqcwybbRyN
– Jacques Slade (@kustoo) November 14, 2016