Back in November, a certain subsect of sneakerheads and cinephiles went bonkers when Nike announced they’d finally be releasing Marty McFly’s Air Mag sneakers — with actual power laces. Only problem? It’s going to be nearly impossible to get your hands on a pair, with an extremely limited number being auctioned off for the Michael J. Fox Foundation this spring.
But Nike just unveiled a very solid consolation prize: the HyperAdapt 1.0. Unlike the Air Mag — which, while being unequivocally cool, remain more of a movie prop than a true wearable garment — the HyperAdapt marks the Swoosh’s first attempt to use the power-lacing technology (nicknamed E.A.R.L., for “Electro-Adaptive Reactive Laces”) on an actual performance running shoe.
The laces on the HyperAdapt are manually controlled by a button, but they represent, according to Nike, the first step towards creating truly responsive footwear that can automatically adapt to the needs of the athlete, tightening or loosening depending on the situation.
It remains to be seen whether or not this technology will catch on, but for now, we’re just really damn impressed it actually exists. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available Holiday 2016.