Please Say It’s True: Nike Working on Power Laces From Back to the Future IIBy Chris Weiss
For those of us growing up in the decade of awesomeness (or maybe that should be dudicalness) that was the 80′s, one of the greatest debates of our day had to be whether you’d rather own a hoverboard or monstrous Nike hightops with auto-laces from Back to the Future II. I’m pretty sure that the hoverboard won out, but you would have been an 80′s god had you managed to make/get either.
Nike actually came out with some big high top replicas a few years back, but they were missing the best part: the power laces. Judging by a new Nike patent application, it appears that the shoe maker is trying to right that wrong. The application shows an automatic lacing system, and says: “The automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper.”
CrunchGear speculates that Nike might be trying to develop the real-deal shoes for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the BTTF trilogy. Judging by how much the shoes have been pined for since 1989, and how popular the non-powered pair was, limited edition, real McCoy, power-laced Nike ultra-highs should result in small, fevered riots at all retail locations involved. Crossing fingers now. [via CrunchGear]