Truly the future or at least, something from Back to the Future is here: self-lacing sneakers. Nike announced the HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing sneakers in March but has only now announced an availability date: 28 Nov to be precise.
How does this work? It needs, unfortunately, batteries but looking at the HyperAdapt's design process via a video by Wired, who got access to Nike's design labs, it's certainly acceptable if you get shoes that can adapt to the size of your foot. The batteries are rechargeable and last about two weeks, charging taking about three hours.
The shoes will lace up to suit your foot via nylon bands along the tongue of the shoes and on the side, which expand and tighten with just a push of the button. To know if the motor is working, you just look for a blue light.
In future, Nike is already looking at making shoes that won't even need a button to activate. This might indeed be a great help to those who are unable for any reason to tie ordinary shoelaces.
Nike however has still not been forthcoming about an actual price for the shoes that will be available in select stores in the US. We're betting it won't be cheap but once it does get popular, and the technology becomes more widespread, we might get more choices in styles and pricing.