Well, if you are facing any problem with tying shoe laces, it is over now. Nike is launching the HyperAdapt self-tying shoes. These shoes can tie laces on their own. The shoes are a bit pricey. It comes at $720. And the company releases the first version of these Nike self-tying shoes today. It is version 1.0. These shoes are flashy. Nike has not mentioned about how many pairs of shoes is available in the market. But it is clear that these shoes will be a limited edition. The project of these self-tying shoes is on Nike Sensor innovator mechanism. The project was ongoing for more than a decade now. It started as the concept from legendary Air Jordan designer Tinker Hatfield 11.
HyperAdapt Nike self-tying shoes go live
This technology finally made its debut with Nike self-tying shoes. At first, it is limited to 89 pairs only. And it was available through auction and raffle. The HyperAdapt 1.0 is going to make debut today at the New York stores of Nike. It is a small step to bring a whole new technology to a larger audience. There are chances that this is going to be a mainstream product. According to Tiffany Beers,
It doesn’t feel gimmicky after using it. Athletes move and change. And their environment is moving and changing. So optimal fit is important. Why isn’t our shoe changing more with our foot? That speaks to the potential future of where this is going.
Features of Nike self-tying shoes
One of the best features of this shoe is they are comfortable. At first, you might feel a bit sluggish. Getting the foot inside needs a bit of effort, and some tugging on the heels. But once you put it one and stand up, there is pressure on the heel. It activates the sensor. You can hear a whirring sound. And it encases the foot. Seems more like an Iron Man’s shoes, right? Yes, but they are not made of Iron. The whirring sound is the mechanical elements. But that noise is not high. And one more feature is the large blue battery light and five tri-color LEDs. These make the shoes look just brilliant!
How to tighten and loosen the shoes
Now let us come to the part where you may need to tighten or loosen up the shoe. For each pair, there is a small blue button. If you need to tighten or loosen the shoe, just press the button. But the buttons are a bit tough to handle. They are beneath the fabric. They don’t line up with the dots. The mechanism works great. And if things go any sideways, you can just reboot the whole device. The shoes fit well, but they are a bit heavy. Nike attempted to reduce the weight of the total system. And for that, they used the company’s proprietary lightweight Fly weave material. But till date, the Nike self-tying shoe weight is not reduced yet. The shoe comprises a whole mechanism system and also a battery. On a single charge, the battery lasts for a month. That is cool.
With the weight, the question that comes up is how well, these Nike self-tying shoes are fit for running. It is still on test. And the company is testing the durability in training, running, and basketball. It will focus on the weight from now on. At present, the HyperAdapt shoes are for the sneaker-obsessed. And it will get an update once the price comes down and the pressure reduces. But this is helpful for those who cannot tie shoelaces. The kids, the seniors and also the disabled. But that will need Nike to reduce the price range. The HyperAdapt self-tying shoe goes live today.