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Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers Are Straight Out of ‘Back to the Future’

Nike introduced its 'Back to the Future'–inspired self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers on March 16 in NYC.Courtesy Nike

The future is now! Officially making your Back to the Future dreams come true, Nike unveiled the HyperAdapt 1.0 — real self-lacing sneakers — at a press conference in NYC on Wednesday, March 16.

The futuristic high-tops were first spotted in 1989’s Back to the Future: Part II, when Michael J. Fox‘s Marty McFly stepped into a pair of Nike Air Mags, only to watch them lace up before his eyes.

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Although Nike sent Fox a prototype of the HyperAdapt 1.0 last year to celebrate Back to the Future Day (October 21, 2015), the fitness brand is finally bringing the kicks to the masses. They’ll be available in three colors and boast “adaptive lacing” tech, which means that they’ll automatically adjust to your foot as you move. Naturally, they’ll hit stores just in time for the 2016 holiday season. (No price as been revealed just yet.)

“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” Tiffany Beers, Nike’s senior innovator, shared in a press release. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

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Back to the Future
Marty McFly putting on his Nike self-lacing sneakers in ‘Back to the Future.’ Courtesy Universal Pictures

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While some may believe that the shoes are only for sci-fi enthusiasts, Nike argues that the technology will seriously benefit athletes. “[The HyperAdapt 1.0] helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes,” Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

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