Nike to Launch Self-Lacing HyperAdapt Trainer - Will We Soon See The First-Ever Self-Lacing Football Boot?

Update: Nike today announced that the first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience and purchase the product will happen from 11.28, while details on how to make your appointment will be announced in the coming weeks. It's not know yet if Nike will bring the self-lacing system to other products, but it's not unlikely that we will see a self-lacing football boot in the coming weeks. See the initial post from March below and stay tuned for more info.

At this week's Nike Innovation Summit, all eyes initially were on the big Mercurial Superfly V reveal and the all-new anti-clog tech the brand showcased there. But the event also oversaw the world premiere of Nike's first-ever mass-market 'self-lacing' shoe, and it turned to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo to show off the new Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.

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“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

The new self-lacing Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes were unveiled in three initial colorways.

The new Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers introduce what Nike calls "adaptive lacing." “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

Read more about how Nike's designers came up with the HyperAdapt adaptive lacing technology in detailed news release.

Set to be available only to Nike+ members, the all-new Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers will launch in three initial paint jobs in late 2016.

What do you think of this technical advance? Could it help in football footwear? Let us know in the comments below.