In news that’s sure to please Back to the Future fans, self-lacing Nike trainers are now available in the UK.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 has been out in the US since November last year and is the first trainer to feature what Nike calls ‘adaptive lacing’.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explained Tiffany Beers, senior innovator at Nike and the project’s technical lead.
“Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
But adaptive lacing isn’t just a nod to a classic 80s movie – it’s designed to make a real difference to athletes.
The Hyperadapt allows the wearer to find their perfect fit at the touch of a button – and quickly readjust if their needs change during exercise, so no more worries about laces coming undone or being tied up too tight.
Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s vice president of design and creative concepts, said it’s “an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition”, adding that the potential for the technology is huge.
“It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.
“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 manoeuvre? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”
The current advice from Nike for anyone wanting to get their hands on a pair is to book an appointment at Niketown London via the Nike app.