Nike: Hyperadapt

On November 28th, Nike will take us "Back to the Future" with self-lacing shoes

Thanks to sensors and a "lace engine" there will be no need to tie your own sneakers

Scott Eric Kaufman
September 22, 2016 11:03PM (UTC)

The hoverboard that spurred so many dreams may not be a reality anytime soon, but another featured futuristic product from the "Back to the Future" films will finally arrive on November 28th, Nike's public relations director Heidi Burgett announced:



The sneakers will work via sensors in the shoe, which detect when a user is wearing them and initiate a "lace engine." If the Hyperadapt's engine over- or underestimates how tight the shoe needs to be, users can manually adjust the "laces" by pressing a "+" or "-" located on the sneaker's tongue.

"For performance, just being able to adjust it on the fly," Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at Nike, says. "The beginning of a marathon versus the end of a marathon, your feet swell, there's sweat. Your environment is always changing in sports."

The price of the sneakers is not known, but given the expensive required for its developed, the cost is expected to be in the high range.

It will take upwards of three hours for the shoes to recharge, and they will remain charged for two weeks, depending on the usage. Each pair also comes equipped with a wireless charging station.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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