Nike unveiled the HyperAdapt 1.0 on Wednesday, the first sneaker to feature functional automatic lacing.
The sneaker utilizes digital, electrical and mechanical technology to create an ideal fit and, as Nike emphasizes, eliminate the distraction of tying one’s shoelaces. A sensor in the heel triggers a tightening system, with two buttons on the side of the shoe able to adjust the tension. The sneaker is set for release in late 2016.
“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” said designer Tinker Hatfield in a release. “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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first athlete to try on the sneakers.
Nike’s full release can be found here.