People the world over have been obsessed with the idea ever since Marty McFly’s Air Mags laced themselves up, and now the technology actually comes to life on a performance shoe, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0
It’s an extremely limited release, and an expensive release too, with a whopping box price of $720. As cool as the technology is, you’ve got to ask yourself: is it worth it? Let’s delve in and find out.
What exactly do you get with your $720 when you buy the HyperAdapt? Well, the shoes come packaged in a special box that also includes an AC adapter, charging pucks for the motor that fires up the automatic lacing system, and an instruction manual so you’ll know how to use these futuristic shoes.
Hmm. So this is essentially a $150 trainer with technology that jacks the price up by over $500. As cool as it is, we just can’t sit here and say the HyperAdapt is worth the box price. Sure, we understand the desire to be among the first folks with power-lacing shoes, but just like any new technology that’s worthwhile, it’ll get cheaper the longer it sticks around.
If the power-lacing is a viable piece of technology for shoes and it becomes commonplace, you’ll probably be able to get self-lacing kicks for less than half the price down the road, so hold off. If you’ve just gotta have them now … we understand. We’ve all got a little hypebeast in us somewhere.
What do you think of the HyperAdapt 1.0? Do you think it’s worth the money, or is the self-lacing tech a ripoff? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.