Nike just passed an innovative milestone with the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. What was portrayed so futuristically in the all-time favorite Back to the Future II in 1989 has now become a reality. That’s right, self-tying shoes just hit the shelves. Well, at least some.
After a moderate struggle of actually getting the shoes on your feet, Nike has developed a technology that tightens the shoe around your foot through a pressure monitoring system. By inserting a highly sensitive sensor in the heel of the shoe, once you stand up, the sensor measures the pressure on the sole, allowing it to encapsulate your feet.
Unfortunately, the complexity of this design walks hand in hand with its exclusivity. The shoes are only available at two Nike locales in New York City; Nike SoHo store located at 529 Broadway, or the Nike+ ClubHouse on 45 Grand St. For those who don’t live in New York or have the time to visit, Nike has selected a handful of people who will have direct access to purchase the shoes though the Nike+App.