Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Many of you may remember the ill pair of Nikes that Mcfly had from Back To The Future Part II that were self lacing (If you don’t the video is below).In 2008, Nike released a limited run of 300 pairs of Hyperdunk McFly shoes that were inspired by the powerlacing shoes but did not actually lace up on automatically. At the time that the film was released in 1989, they probably seemed like the type of thing that wouldn’t be around for another 20 years or so. Fortunately, it’s now a little over 20 years later, and those sneakers are becoming a reality!
Nike has filed a patent for these high tech sneakers. Here’s what the patent says about the shoes:
“the automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper.”
More from Nike on how the sneakers work:
“…Slip a switch, and the shoe tightens as if you just pulled and tightened conventional laces. The switch activates a motor that rolls or unrolls a spool of wire distributed throughout the shoe. When the spool reels in the wire, the shoe tightens along axis supported by various rods.”
These kicks are definitely certified, there is no exact date when they will drop, but I can see them changing the game.