Remember that scene in the sci-fi hit Back To The Future 2, where the series bida Marty McFly put on a pair of futuristic Nike shoes that automatically tightened themselves up when worn?
No? Well, this should remind you:
"Power laces, alright!"
Dubbed the Nike Air Mag, Marty put these high-tech kicks on in the year 2015--in the movie, at least.
But that now may actually become reality as Tinker Hatfield, the man who designed the Air Jordans from models 3 to 15, hints at the self-lacing technology's possible arrival in the near future. A report by kicks site, Solecollector.com gave us the scoop last February 14, 2014:
"During an appearance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab space in New Orleans earlier today, designer Tinker Hatfield was asked about the possibility of seeing power lacing next year, and his answer may surprise you.
'Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!' said Hatfield."
Fueling the rumors further are patents filed and applied for by Nike in 2010 for "automatically lacing trainers" with the description: "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." However the technology surfaces, it's guaranteed to be a boon for everyone who's had a hard time lacing their shoes up because of a big belly.
The Nike Air MAG actually went into retail back in 2011. But during that time, only 1,500 pairs were released and auctioned off in eBay with the $6-million proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research.
And the 2011 version of the shoes had one major kink: They didn't have auto-lacing tech.
We're not the most hardcore of sneakerheads, but that kind of technology really perks up the huge geek inside us. No more having to bend down when our shoe laces go untied while walking on the street!
You know what other shoe tech we'd like to have though? Sure, you have adidas' Boost tech, Nike's Flywire and FlyKnit tech, but here are other five ultra-futuristic shoe tech we'd like to one day experience!
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