The new Nike Adapt Huarache shoe is so high-tech you can adjust it with your voice alone. It uses “FitAdapt” technology to connect with your Apple Watch or Siri, allowing you to tie your shoes without ever bending down.
It’s a shoe of the future — self-lacing sneakers were first seen in Back to the Future Part II, and finally made a reality in 2016 with the release of Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0. This newest edition, the Adapt Huarache, lets you connect to your shoes from a distance so you can adjust on the go.
So how do you do it? The same way you control anything with Siri. You could say, “Hey Siri, tighten my right shoe,” or at the end of a long day, “Hey Siri, release my shoes.” The Adapt Huarache also lets you make adjustments with your Apple Watch, where you can choose from preset modes for a custom fit.
The new Nike Adapt Huarache is keeping key elements from the original Huarache sneaker, first released in 1991. According to the Nike announcement, the shoe introduced a “radical new approach to containing the foot,” combining flexible neoprene with a firm “exoskeletal upper.” They describe the footwear as a cross between a “constant hug” and a lace-based fit that molds to your lifestyle. Now, this new invention is continuing Nike’s decades-long search for the perfect custom fit.
It takes some pretty advanced tech to make this shoe work — it links the FitAdapt lacing system to a “midfoot motor,” helping people mold the footwear to their specific foot type and athletic activity. The shoe can be adjusted mid-run, hands-free, so no more shoelaces tripping you up.
The first batch of Adapt Huaraches is set to release on September 13. With even more sophisticated tech than the HyperAdapt 1.0, which originally sold for $720 a pair, these new kicks could run you up a serious tab.