Back to the Future, anyone? Does Marty Mcfly, Emmett Brown, and Biff Tannen ring a bell? The film Back to the Future first premiered in 1985 and was a cultural phenomenon among young and old alike. It focused on the theme of time travel and being a geek / sneakerhead myself, the film intrigued me in more ways than one. The second film in the trilogy introduced us and gave us a sneak peek into what would be the future of shoe technology, self lacing shoes.
5 years ago, in 2011, Nike blew everyone away when they released the Nike Air Mags, which are notorious for their resell price nowadays. A limited quantity release of 1,510 pairs were made available via auction and all proceeds would go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. All pairs sold out immediately and even without the power lacing system that made the shoe iconic, sneakerheads around the world rejoiced as they were able to own a piece of history.
Fast forward to 2016 and here we are, staring at the cusp of a breakthrough in shoe technology, we take a look at the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.
Nike has spent 28 years of research and development to get these right and now, we can finally see and wear them in a few months! The shoe uses a technology called adaptive fit, and what it is is that there are 4 major components that make the shoe work in ways we could only dream of. We have a heel sensor that triggers when a foot enters it, a cable lacing system, a mini-motor that tightens or loosens the laces, and a rechargeable battery that provides power to the shoe. This technology is especially useful for certain individuals with disabilities that prevent then from lacing their shoes properly, talk about progress! Take a look at a few more angles of the pair below:
Pricing details have yet to be revealed but a date has been set for the release of these revolutionary sneakers and November 28 will be a historic date for sneakerheads and non sneakerheads alike. If you want to know more about the design and the technology that went into the shoe, check out the video below from Wired where Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers from Nike explain the concept behind the shoe.
Are you excited for this shoe? I am hella excited for this and I hope that this is made available locally, it’s one step closer to the actual Back to the Future Air Mags! Let us know if you’ll be grabbing a pair when the HyperAdapt 1.0 comes out!