Nike Files Patent For Back-To-The-Future Auto-Lacing Sneakers

Nike has a filed a patent for shoes that lace themselves with the press of a button, à la the pair famously worn by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (the movie that predicted everything). Here’s hoping that they make these soon, and didn’t file the patent just to prevent anyone else from manufacturing auto-lacing sneakers. Via Engadget:


8 Comments on "Nike Files Patent For Back-To-The-Future Auto-Lacing Sneakers"

  1. Wow! Sneakers for people who are too dumb and/or lazy to lace up a pair of shoes. Next up: Shoes that do the running for you while you’re sitting on the couch stuffing your face.
    What happened to “Just do it” ?

    • Butter Knife | Sep 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

      Well first there was that comet, which made the old slogan unfortunately euphemistic. Then there were the allegations of worker exploitation and potential de facto slavery taking place in their third world sweat shops, which made the old slogan unfortunately imperative. Then there was the resurgence in the popularity of their Converse brand, which made the old slogan unfortunately anti-slacker.

      That said, I must agree that the idea of self-lacing shoes is just silly. Have we really grown so lazy as a species?

      • connie dobbs | Sep 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm |

        “grown so lazy”? Are you 3 years old and still discovering the world around you?

  2. Hadrian999 | Sep 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm |

    without a hover board who cares

  3. Now all we need are plants that produce food and beverage automatically and our Idiocracy will be ready to roll.

  4. Anonymous | Sep 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    I like future cliches! I would buy these if they were affordable and in my size. (I have abnormally wide feet, so this isn’t too likely.)

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