It’s time for Back to the Future fans to buckle their seat belts because we are fast approaching a time when we won’t need to look back at 1980s time travel comedies to bear witness to self-lacing trainers – because the real things are arriving very soon.
First debuted, as a concept, in Back to the Future Part II when Marty McFly, Jennifer and the Doc go from 1985 to the “future” world of 2015, the self-tying shoe was seen as just one of the many things we, as a society had to look forward to the time.
Featuring alongside self-drying clothes and magic hover boards, while those two gadgets have yet to be fully realised, the age of the self-lacing trainer is fast approaching.
Just last year, Back to the Future star Michael J Fox was given the first prototype pair of the technologically-advanced shoes, as part of a special batch that were made available at auction.
But Nike have now announced the glorious news that 2016 will be the year of the self-lacing shoe.
Dubbed the HyperAdapt 1.0, these high tech trainers boast a special sensor, located in the heel, which detects when the shoes are put on and, in turn, automatically tightens up the laces.
With buttons also featured on the side that allow wearers to make further adjustments, in terms of making the shoe looser or tighter, Nike is hoping that the availability of these “micro-adjustments” will ultimately help improve athletic performance.
Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said: “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser?
“Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick manoeuvre?
“That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”
The rest of us, meanwhile, are just hoping these features ensure any budding skateboarders/ rock’n’roll stars out there escape the clutches of those bullies who may or may not have goaded them into a fight with fowl-based name calling.
Then again, maybe that’s just us.
Due to be released before Christmas, there is no word yet on how much the shoes will cost. Hopefully not as much as a DeLorean.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.