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Who Needs Shoelaces? Nike Introduces Power-Lacing!

It is interesting when you think about it. We haven’t been able to come up with anything better than shoelaces for thousands of years (sorry, Velcro), but now, in 2016, Nike may have solved the bending-over-to-tie-your-shoe issue. We’ve all seen Back to the Future Part II, and we all know about Marty McFly’s hoverboard and power-lacing Nikes. Well, it turns out that the shoes from the film seem to be at least part of the inspiration for Nike’s new HyperAdapt 1.0 which will be available in select U.S. stores on November 28 for a sizable amount of $$$.

The grumpy old man in me flares up a bit when I’m told that in the near future I’ll be needing to charge my shoes overnight in addition to my laptop, smartphone, earbuds, bluetooth speaker, and a few other things that I’m surely forgetting, but this is a product that could grow on me a bit. Tying your shoes does kind of suck, I’ll admit that. No one ever gets excited when a shoelace comes untied and they have to stop what they’re doing to sort things out, but I don’t know… Isn’t it fun to roll your eyes at stuff like this that looks a bit goofy at first? That’s what I’ll be doing knowing full well that I’ll probably have some of these in the future, just like Marty… Or, wait, that was set in 2015, so that would be the past now, right?

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