Wearable technology scales new heights every day. 2017 saw the world’s first voice-powered smart ring ORII, and since then there have been glasses, watches, and even jackets that have incorporated technology seamlessly. But perhaps the genre that has most effortlessly made use of the strides made in technology is sneakers. From Puma RS-Computer shoe to the energy saving Asics Metaride to Under Armour’s HOVR Infinite that can be paired with an app, sneakers are at their tech-best right now. Perhaps the most iconic of them is Nike’s ‘Back to the Future II’-inspired Air Mags that made a limited edition debut in 2016 and being at the forefront of futuristic tech-wear and a major icon in sneaker pop culture (they were inspired by Marty McFly’s self-lacing shoes in ‘Back to the Future’), it cemented its name as the holy grail in sneaker clout. And now, over the weekend, we witnessed what might possibly be the next heir to the throne, the newly unveiled Nike Adapt Huarache.
Continuing the brand’s self-lacing legacy, the newly unveiled Nike Adapt Huarache takes inspiration from its iconic ’90s predecessor but will offer Siri-supported lacing and comfort settings. Released first in 1991 and designed by industry veteran, Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for designing some of Nike’s most iconic Air Jordans, the Nike Huarache was then ushered in a neoprene bootie and exoskeletal upper. It was accompanied by a clever marketing question ‘Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?’ Now that slogan comes full circle with Nike’s FitAdapt technology built into the new-age Huarache.
Set to release on September 13, the shoe is built with snug fitting neoprene and an exoskeleton similar to its namesake predecessor, but with a futuristic twist. Most significantly, it allows you to control the Nike FitAdapt lacing system via Siri. All you need to say is, “Siri release my shoes” and your laces will be loosened. With the Nike Adapt Huarache, you can even set Siri Shortcuts for your most employed features of the shoe. Similar to the Nike Adapt BB which released earlier this year, this shoe will feature a pair of LED lights in the sole with ambient lighting capabilities via the Nike Adapt App. The Nike Adapt app also offers multiple preset modes such as ‘Chill’ and ‘Move’, with different fits, depending on your activity.
Nike hasn’t commented on the pair’s exclusivity so far. But considering its specs we’d expect a large but limited count. The introductory colourways of the white/silver and yellow/black will be available for retail at Nike SNKRS exclusively and will be priced at US$350.
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