Nike Adapt sneakers review: futuristic shoes, today
Automatic lace-up shoes may not be as indicative of the future as hoverboards or flying cars, but for those who grew up in daydreams of Back to the future, they are certainly an indicator of what is to come in wearable technology. Seeking to live up to the future of the 1980s, Nike has expanded its line of self-lacing Adapt shoes over the past two years with different styles. But after wearing smart shoes for over a year, we wonder if these are really the shoes of the future that Nike is proclaiming, or just a gimmick. See you below for all the details and our thoughts.
Convenient with the Nike Adapt automatic lacing sneakers
Released in 2016, Nike’s very first pair of automatic lace-up shoes came as a result of more limited-edition styles inspired directly from the pair Marty McFly donned in. Back to the future. At the time, the first publicly available pair came under the HyperAdapt branding, eventually being updated and refreshed in the Adapt series. It’s this new iteration that I’ve been wearing lately, and in particular the Huarache style.
While Nike Adapt shoes have come in several styles over the years, the underlying technology remains consistent throughout the collection. Of course, the main feature is in the name, the sneakers can be laced over your feet. The first time you put on smart shoes, you’ll experience an adaptation process to get the right fit on your feet, which is about as futuristic of an on-board thumb experience as you’ll find these days.
After that, every time you put the shoes on, they will automatically be laced up just feeling like you put them on. There is a pair of knobs on the button that allow you to manually adjust the fit as you wear them, or just unlace them when it’s time to take them off.
In addition to the automatic lacing features, Nike is adding additional features to complete the Adapt package. There is Bluetooth connectivity to allow pairing with the companion app, which brings everything from waterproof profiles to manual control of the lacing process. This is in addition to being able to customize the color of the integrated LED lights of the shoes, and also to configure Siri shortcuts to use your voice to lace the kicks.
Does Nike Adapt offer the futuristic features?
The promise of automatic lace-up shoes is certainly a daunting task, so how do Nike Adapt shoes really stack up? In fact quite good! The automatic lacing technology is fairly fleshed out and fully reflects the brand’s futuristic narrative. Getting into the shoes causes them to start lacing each time, and the smartphone control adds a few more customizations.
Along with just being able to tie your feet up, the other hurdle for Nike Adapt to overcome is the thought of having to recharge your shoes. Thankfully, the battery life is pretty stellar, with the ability to go over a week of daily wear and tear before needing to refuel. When it comes time to charge, Nike forgoes plugging into what can only be described as a massive dual coil Qi charging pad.
Then, in terms of battery wear over time, it’s actually pretty impressive how well the shoes have stood up to time in the tech department. Even a year after being a staple in my wardrobe with fairly regular use, the battery life is still stable. The shoes themselves will likely end up physically wearing out faster than the technology they contain.
Are they really comfortable?
Now the technology that meets Nike’s claims is great, but in reality being comfortable shoes that you’ll enjoy wearing is a whole different beast. While everyone’s experience certainly varies to some extent, I have found the Nike Adapt to be quite comfortable. Of course, these aren’t UltraBoosts in the leisure shoe department, but considering all the tech that Nike has managed to bring in, it’s pretty easy to wear them all day.
The different levels that you can tighten the laces Really helps with comfort, whether you’re looking to take the Nike Adapt shoes with you on runs and other workouts, or just casual outings.
9to5Toys point of view:
With unconventional shoes becoming more and more standard nowadays, the Nike Adapt shoe series was not only the pioneer of alternatives to typical kicks, but also the precursor of the category. They certainly live up to the wow factor and novelty you expect from automatic lacing shoes and more.
If the more limited styles weren’t already going to make this a niche addition to your wardrobe, the $ 400 price tag certainly will. In a market where the latest sneakers cost a pretty dime, regardless of Adapt technology or not, the price isn’t that far-fetched. Still for many, the money is going to be a non-starter. But if you happen to dig into models and find that bringing a pair of automatic lace-up shoes into your wardrobe is worth the extra money, there is plenty to do with the Nike Adapt line.
I still dig them after all this time and even if they are not the benchmark for my daily life, the novelty has certainly not faded. Even in a house filled with lights that I can control with my voice, headphones that read my text messages, and all the other high-tech gear in my life, there is nothing more futuristic than donning a pair of shoes and have them automatically laced.
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