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Nike’s Back to The Future-inspired self-lacing trainers are almost here

The Back to The Future series holds a special place in the hearts of many, and Nike has found the perfect way to turn that nostalgia into hard cash.

The company’s self-lacing trainers, announced earlier this year, were always going to be a hit, and now there’s an official release date for the Back to The Future II-inspired kicks.

Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available from November 28. but there’s a catch. The shoes will only be coming to select Nike locations in the US – leaving us Brits out in the cold.

The news comes via a tweet from Nike’s Heidi Burgett:

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So, how do these trainers, based on those worn by Marty McFly himself, work? Well, as Wired reports, each shoe has an internal cable system made from fishing line.

A pressure sensor in the sole detects when you put your foot in the shoe itself, causing them to tighten around your feet.

And while the laces on top aid in keeping the trainers in place, they are secondary to the internal cable system itself.

The pressure can be adjusted using a pair of buttons near the tongue, and the whole thing works using an ‘an algorithmic pressure equation’.

Elsewhere, the heels of the trainers house an LED which lights up when the shoes are tightening and when the battery is running low.

That means you’ll have to charge the trainers, with each one taking three hours to reach full capacity. A full battery should last about two weeks, however.

There’s no word on whether the HyperAdapt 1.0’s will make it to the UK and there’s also no confirmed price for the US launch. We’ll keep you updated on that front.

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