If you’re reading this, then you should probably have learned to tie your own goddamn shoes by now. Even so, the prospect of Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0, which actually ties your shoes for you, is pretty nifty.
Prototype designs have been floating around the Internet for some time, but Wired was finally given an official look at this sneaker from the future and left us with an in-depth explanatory video:
Here’s how it works: once wearers place their heal into a HyperAdapt, internal laces automatically cinch until sensors detect pressure points. At this point, the sneaker should feel pretty snug, but wearers can still tighten and loosen by way of two buttons on the side of the shoe.
The result is an “adaptive fit” that man would not be capable of achieving on his own, and an end to the single versus double knot debate that has dogged shoe wearers from time immemorial.
There are still no price points (we expect them to be high), and we can only imagine the trouble this spells for the (presumably) billion-dollar shoelace industry.
Even worse for lace-loving luddites out there, this could officially mark the death knell of mankind being able to do absolutely anything without the aid of a button or some sort of “smart technology.”
But hey… the soles do light up when the auto-lacing mechanism activates, which is really cool (see below).
The HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available by appointment beginning November 28.