You probably have seen Back to the future II as a kid. Marty McFly, the real character, wore self-lacing sneakers designed by legendary designer Tinker Hatfiled. Since then you have probably dreamed once about having self-lacing shoes yourself. You also might know that since the film premiered, Nike has released the Nike Mags twice in 2011 and 2016. You could buy them on a official e-bay auction, supporting charity. Both releases were very limited so first of all they were hard to get, and then the resale value is now from 9 to 54 thousand dollars.
Since the two releases of Nike Mags, Nike has released shoes called Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. They were first released in 2016 in one colour-way and in two more colorways in 2018. These shoes are still available for 3000 PLN on official Nike store but only some sizes are left, and other retailers sell them for 10,000 PLN. So this model isn’t really available for most people.
But now Nike announced they are making their third self-lacing shoes. They are called Nike Adapt BB where BB stands for basketball. The official world release is on the 17th of February and the price is 350 USD. They will be available in Nike stores, on their site and app called SNEAKRS. You are not paying for the sneakers only. Nike created a special app to work with theses shoes. In the app you can tighten and loosen every shoe individually, save your profile, so that your shoes always lace themselves to perfectly fit your feet. There are also physical buttons on the shoes to adjust the fit. You can also change the colour of light built into the shoes and monitor your battery status. Not only that, but the shoes come with wireless charging pad, to charge your shoes. According to Nike the built in batteries last for up to 14 days. I think that’s more than enough as you’d probably take them off everyday and charge them on the pad over night. The shoes won’t come in the whole size range when released, and the app will be updated to for example be able to set different profiles for warmup, the actual game and pause. Reportedly in the future they will adapt the tightness to your pulse making the players performance better by increasing the blood flow.
These shoes were minutely tested, but as they are professional basketball shoes the real test begins on the court. Two professional athletes already played in them during their game. One of them was Jayson Tatum Playing for Boston Celtics. He played 31 minutes on the court, scoring 16 points for his team. Celtics won the game playing in their home turf against Toronto Raptors.
I personally am excited for these shoes and even might try to get them for myself. I think they are a milestone in self-lacing shoes and they are a cool, good looking piece of tech. I am curious if self-lacing shoes are a one time trend or a standard in the future. What do you think and are you any excited for the release?