Back in 2011 Nike produced 1,500 limited edition replicas of the Nike MAG, the self-lacing sneakers Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II. And while they were an awesome replica, they didn’t actually self-lace and it was impossible for most people without plenty of extra cash lying around to get their hands on a pair.
A few days after that announcement, shoe engineer Tinker Hatfield—creator of the Pump sneakers and designer of the MAG replicas—said they were still working on the self-lacing technology and would have it ready by 2015, the year they travel to in Back to the Future II. 2015 has come and gone with no self-lacing sneakers, but hope is not lost. Nike has released a teaser video for self-lacing sneakers called HyperAdapt 1.0, and you can check it out below.
If these sneakers do what Nike says they do it would certainly be a nifty innovation in footwear technology. The only problem is, these are obviously not Back to the Future MAGs.
Whether there are plans to also eventually release MAGs using this new technology or they’re only focusing on regular sneakers is not clear at the moment, but I have to imagine a large number of people only want the Back to the Future kicks to wear around the house like the geek kings that they are.
You can read much more about the HyperAdapt 1.0 at Nike’s website. It says there that these are just the first step, which means the sneakers are not where they would like them just yet, using a sensor to automatically tighten but also including the option to manually adjust to ensure comfort. The sneakers will only be available to Nike+ members for the 2016 holiday season.
The first performance vehicle for adaptive lacing, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the payoff of significant research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering. The shoe provides precise, consistent, personalized lockdown that can be manually adjusted on the go.