Back in October, Nike teased a pair of self lacing sneakers for Back to the Future Day. While a one-off pair was sold at auction with a portion of proceeds going to charity, the company said that they wouldn't release these high-tech kicks to the wider public until spring 2016.
That changes now. On Wednesday, the sneaker brand held an innovation summit in New York where they unveiled new technology that they dubbed the future of sneakers. Among the options? The Nike Hyperadapt 1.0, featuring self-operating Power Laces.
The idea for the shoes is pretty simple. Slip them on, and the shoe will measure your foot through several sensors built into the style. It will then tighten the laces, and you can tighten or loosen them with buttons. If you hope to grab a pair when they hit stores later this year, sign up for the Nike+ app which also works as a fitness tracker.
The fitness tracker feature brings the Digitsole to mind after the company debuted their self-lacing, self heating, activity tracking styles at CES this year. That footwear didn't ever get a definitive release date but is also expected to hit shelves this year.
With a brand as big as Nike signing on, it definitely won't be long before it's a trend. But you may have to wait to grab your pair — soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo's already getting first crack.