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Looks Like Nike's Self-Lacing Sneaker Has Stiff Competition

Check out these high-tech kicks
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Nov 3, 2016
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Nike's Back to the Future II inspired sneakers aren't going anywhere anytime soon. They're popular as heck, thanks to the self-lacing feature. Once you put your foot in, the cables tighten based on "an algorithmic pressure equation."

Here's the thing: To own a pair, you have to join an auction. The highest bid for a pair of these shoes is $9,959 (roughly P481,418), as of writing. No problem with that if you're a millionaire. However, this would probably require the rest of the population to sell their kidneys before scoring these kicks.

We've got good news, though: Puma is also working on a new shoe technology called Autodisc. It features motors in the shoe's tongues that loosen or tighten internal laces wrapped around the front of your foot. The folks over at tech website Engadget say this allows the shoe to "flex like ordinary sneakers" just like Nike's HyperAdapt. You can also pair your Autodiscs with your smartphone to control the fit and attain your desired tightness.

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Only 50 pairs have been made and Puma has yet to announce the price and release date.

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