Nike’s engineers have released limited numbers of a futuristic electronic shoe which utilises ‘adaptive lacing’ to perfectly adapt the upper section to the contours of the athletes foot.
Considered the holy grail by cycling shoe specialists, a perfect fit is something manufacturer’s research and development departments invest heavily in. At present, systems like the BOA clasp are considered to offer a strong all round fit, but Nike’s development – in the pipeline for the past ten years- seems to take things a step further.
Wirelessly charged, a tiny shock-proofed motor safely enclosed within the base of the shoe is activated when the user steps in, activating a series of flywire lacing around the foot. Users can even tune in their own presets for comfort. A rear LED light indicates battery level and a charge will last around two weeks dependent on use.
Should you want to lay your hands on one of the early HyperAdapt shoes you’ll need $720 and to be in the vicinity of a Nike Clubhouse. The 1.0 system is touted as “the first step” by Nike’s engineers, who have as yet not confirmed which sports they will be targeting with the development.
To read Jon Iriberri’s report on the current state of the cycling shoe market, including some interesting talking points on price, click here.