Time travel, hover boards, flying DeLoreans, and self-lacing sneakers are just a few of the technological marvels Marty McFly had the luxury of experiencing in the classic cinematic hit Back To The Future.
And like Marty, I also marvel at the novelty of self-lacing kicks.
Imagine the possibilities. Perfect preset shoe lace tension for a multitude of conditions including chilling at work, going for a walk, and tearing up the hardwood floor playing basketball.
With access to sneakers like the Nike Adapt BB soon to be more widely available to the general public, when will you be ready to auto-lace?
Here are a few early thoughts on a new to my eyes, yet to be tried on my feet pair of Nike Adapt BB.
- Perfect lace tension for sports applications.
- Accessibility for all, including children and seniors of all abilities to safely secure their footwear.
- Ability to adjust tension and fit for varying conditions; feet swelling, shift changes when hooping etc.
- Perhaps self adjusting on the fly may limit foot injuries in the future when engaging in athletic activities?
- This is just the beginning, but a truly customized sneaker fit isn’t such a far fetched idea.
- Charging your sneakers. What about beauty in the ethos of simplicity?
- Cost. At $450 Canadian dollars, that’s a lot of money. Pay to play……… or pay to stunt?
- Performance- yet to be determined by the average Joseph sneakerhead hooper. Is it better than a comparable pair of Kobe 11 Flyknit?
- Weight. Surely this can’t be lighter than a top tier hoop shoe.
- Durability for all weather conditions. What happens if your kicks get wet, or you travel faster than 88mph?
- Future tech support and operating system compatibility. Weren’t there Android based OS issues already?
With the ability to customize fit settings on my hoop shoes, and to be a part of an evolving sneaker technology, I see myself auto-lacing a pair of Nike Adapt BB kicks in the near future. In the meantime, I’m going to find some recyclable organic material with Doc, fire up the DeLorean, and get Dame and the Blazers a W against the Warriors.