Nike's Back to the Future self-lacing shoes to hit stores in November

Published: September 22, 2016
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With LEDs in the heel which light up when the shoes are tightening along with all its internal electronics, it’s no surprise that you’ll have to charge these shoes. PHOTO: NIKE

With LEDs in the heel which light up when the shoes are tightening along with all its internal electronics, it’s no surprise that you’ll have to charge these shoes. PHOTO: NIKE

Nearly 30 years after Michael J Fox wore Nike sneakers with “power laces” in Back to the Future II, the brand is launching a real version of the iconic self-lacing shoes on November 28, also known as Cyber Monday.

PHOTO: NIKE

Nike PR Director Heidi Burgett tweeted on Tuesday that the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available for “experience & purchase” from the 28th of November across selected Nike locations in the United States.

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How it works

HyperAdapt 1.0 feature an internal cable system made from fishing line along with a pressure sensor in the sole. Sensors in the shoe detect when it’s being worn and a “lace engine” in the base of the sneaker then controls a system of nylon bands that tighten around the foot based on algorithmic calculations. The sneaker also features two buttons that lets wearers tighten or loosen laces.

PHOTO: NIKE

Nike has been testing the shoes for years now. Finally, in March this year, the company announced a version actually intended for the mass market.

The shoes need to be charged

With LEDs in the heel that light up when the shoes are tightening along with all its internal electronics, it’s no surprise that the shoes need to be charged.

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It would normally take three hours for a full charge with each charge lasting about two weeks. Nike will provide a magnetic clip-on charger similar to that used by Apple for the Apple Watch with the shoes.

This article originally appeared on The Verge.

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