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Nike to Unveil Self Lacing Shoes?

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the where-we're-going-we-don't-need-laces dept.

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xTK-421x writes "Looks like Nike is announcing tonight (8:30PM PST) that they've finally been able to create the self lacing shoes from Back to the Future 2. TechCrunch reported on receiving an invitation to a Nike event taking place in Los Angeles today, where Nike would announce the release of the Air Mags, the self-lacing shoes that first made their appearance in Back to the Future II."

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cheaper... (5, Funny)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about 3 years ago | (#37341668)

It would be cheaper to hire sweatshop labourers to follow you around and tie your shoes as necessary.

Re:cheaper... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37341758)

It would be cheaper to hire sweatshop labourers to follow you around and tie your shoes as necessary.

LOL, I agree.

This just goes to show how lazy america really is...

Re:cheaper... (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 3 years ago | (#37341788)

It certainly would, but then it wouldn't be BTTF-cool, would it?

Re:cheaper... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37341850)

Even at $1 a day it seems like it be cheaper to buy the shoes. How little are you paying these shoe-tiers of yours?

Re:cheaper... (2)

KillaBeave (1037250) | about 3 years ago | (#37341902)

Even at $1 a day it seems like it be cheaper to buy the shoes. How little are you paying these shoe-tiers of yours?

Well according to Sally Struthers they would be able to feed themselves on just 35% of that a day.

Re:cheaper... (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37341952)

Which is good because she eats the other 65% of that, from the looks of her.

Re:cheaper... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342418)

The other 65% of the money, or of the shoe-tying kids? =P

Re:cheaper... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342768)

That's cold, man, really cold.

Re:cheaper... (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 3 years ago | (#37342326)

Even at $1 a day it seems like it be cheaper to buy the shoes. How little are you paying these shoe-tiers of yours?

Woooosh! ............ .. oops, sorry, my jacket told me to push the button. I'm all dry now.

Re:cheaper... (1)

pluther (647209) | about 3 years ago | (#37342716)

Woooosh! ............ .. oops, sorry, my jacket told me to push the button. I'm all dry now.

Shouldn't that be "Swoooosh!"?

Re:cheaper... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342416)

Wooooosh!!!

Re:cheaper... (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 3 years ago | (#37342248)

Funny, but... no. There are a number of cheap solutions for this, such as this one [y-ties.com] . I wonder what Nike has in store.

About time (1)

0racle (667029) | about 3 years ago | (#37341714)

2015 is right around the corner. Pepsi Throwback should have been named Pepsi Perfect.

Re:About time (5, Funny)

bstory (89087) | about 3 years ago | (#37341760)

Looking forward to the Cubs winning the World Series too.

Re:About time (1)

mloiterman (266539) | about 3 years ago | (#37342358)

Let's not get crazy...we all know certain things only happen in the movies.

Re:About time (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37342674)

You would have a better chance of picking up a Mr. Fusion at Walmart.

Re:About time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342208)

Now it's time for mattel to get those hooverboards they are keeping hidden in warehouses out too.

Re:About time (2)

omnichad (1198475) | about 3 years ago | (#37342852)

hooverboards

Those must really suck

Forget the shoes (4, Insightful)

milbournosphere (1273186) | about 3 years ago | (#37341746)

Where's my hoverboard?

Re:Forget the shoes (3, Insightful)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 3 years ago | (#37341852)

I had the same thought: you watched Back to the Future (any of them) and your take-away was "gee, shoes that tie themselves sure would be nice"? You better be working on a Mr Fusion, flux capacitor, hoverboard, hovercar, hovertrain, and last but not least a 1.21GW lightning inductor (one good storm could power most of the USA).

Re:Forget the shoes (1)

leonbev (111395) | about 3 years ago | (#37342024)

Hell... I would have been happy with just the dust resistant paper and the food dehydrator that they made the pizza with.

Re:Forget the shoes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342268)

Nuts to that! I'm in it for the double-necktie.

Re:Forget the shoes (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#37342466)

At least we did get the life preservers.

Re:Forget the shoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342880)

Hell... I would have been happy with just the dust resistant paper and the food rehydrator that they made the pizza with.

FTFY

Re:Forget the shoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343300)

Hell... I would have been happy with just the dust resistant paper and the food dehydrator that they made the pizza with.

It was a food REhydrator.

Re:Forget the shoes (1)

nemasu (1766860) | about 3 years ago | (#37342432)

Wrong unit, its 1.21JW.

Re:Forget the shoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342178)

hell with the hoverboard. I want a flying car...

Re:Forget the shoes (4, Interesting)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 3 years ago | (#37342948)

I did my master's thesis [iki.fi] on the theoretical basis of hoverboards. The conclusion is that they are not feasible in practice, unless you have insane amouts of electric power to carry around, and don't mind hovering over a ball lightning.

Re:Forget the shoes (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343126)

Is it just me or does having to hover over a ball of lightning make the hoverboards seem even more awesome?

Re:Forget the shoes (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 years ago | (#37343190)

and don't mind hovering over a ball lightning.

Why would I mind hovering over a ball of lightning? You just made the concept 1,000% cooler!

Re:Forget the shoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343402)

Where's my VOMIT bag if corporations have this much time and money to waste I should have to thr thrroo www WUUPPPP. Now someone get me my RedBall Jets.. I will lace these the 'Old Fashioned way'!? I mean, "Nike?" Who's running your show, Dennis Rodman?

Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

jandrese (485) | about 3 years ago | (#37341748)

Ok, so we have the self lacing shoes, but I won't be happy until I can buy my very own hoverboard. Wheels are for lamers.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

freaxeh (1962440) | about 3 years ago | (#37341922)

The hoverboard WOULD be possible if we had magnetic roads and pathways, or at least feasible, unfortunatley the hover-car is something a bit more difficult to acheive, but as we have seen with fan propelled flying cars, it too isn't very far off.

This is both an exciting time and a terrifying time to be alive.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

Spunkee (183938) | about 3 years ago | (#37342176)

The hoverboard WOULD be possible if we had magnetic roads and pathways, or at least feasible, unfortunatley the hover-car is something a bit more difficult to acheive, but as we have seen with fan propelled flying cars, it too isn't very far off.

This is both an exciting time and a terrifying time to be alive.

Indeed. People can't have hover cars until they're completely self-controlled (the cars). A lot of people can't even drive down the road on 4 wheels without fucking everything up.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 3 years ago | (#37342736)

Except the hoverboard worked in 1955, where there were definitely no mag-lev roads.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

VolciMaster (821873) | about 3 years ago | (#37343426)

Except the hoverboard worked in 1955, where there were definitely no mag-lev roads.

And in the 1880s

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342360)

Back when BTTF came out, one of the producers was on Good Morning America, and answered a question about how they did the flying skateboards. He explained to the host that "mag-lev skateboards" were in fact nothing new - they had been around since the 1950's, but were dangerous enough that the Consumer Products Safety Commission had caused them to be pulled from the market.

Hearing this, it became my mission to acquire a mag-lev skateboard. I tracked down the producer's phone number and called, in order to locate one.

A very annoyed secretary answered, and her tone of voice indicated that mine was probably the 100th such call that morning. The call went something like this:

Me: I just heard (producer's name) on Good Morning America, and I'm calling to get some information about the mag-lev skateboards used in filming ....
Her, interrupting: There's no such thing as a mag-lev skateboard.
Me: But... on Good Morning America ...
Her: Yes, I know what he said. And we're all very annoyed that he did that.
Me: So there's no such ...
Her: Goodbye.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

jandrese (485) | about 3 years ago | (#37342530)

Seems to me it wouldn't be too terribly difficult to build a mag-lev skateboard, assuming you were willing to limit yourself to just skating on a big magnet. Those big hockey-puck rare earth magnets should be more than strong enough to repel the weight of a person. How one retrieves the board after you accidentally flip it over is an exercise left to the reader.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

tmosley (996283) | about 3 years ago | (#37342748)

You would have to wear some pretty thick shoes to deal with the liquid nitrogen temperatures too.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (3, Insightful)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about 3 years ago | (#37343174)

Liquid nitrogen temperatures? Rare earth magnets operate at room temperature just fine. The problem is that they are not statically stable. Any pitching beyond perfectly aligned will cause the device to quickly and violently flip over, requiring excessive force to subsequently remove it from the ground.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343266)

Duh. Just reverse the polarity after flipping.

Bigger question is how to return to human form the squished mess that is the rider after getting caught between the board and the ground.

Re:Where is my freaking flying skateboard? (1)

tmosley (996283) | about 3 years ago | (#37343450)

Right, which is why you would have to use a superconductor rather than opposing magnets. Hence the liquid nitrogen temperatures.

Video from BTF2 (1)

rwade (131726) | about 3 years ago | (#37341752)

Like these? [youtube.com]

Re:Video from BTF2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342094)

Like these? [youtube.com]

or like these from http://www.power-laces.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROEZs0HpFQc&NR=1

What was the point of the video clip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37341776)

Racks with shoes that look like something from BFTF. Also looks like the racks you see at a ski hill when you rent your ski or snowboard boots. So what?

Are we just padding stories with multimedia?

Re:What was the point of the video clip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37341848)

I'm about to unveil a pair of self washing balls on a Nike Exec's face.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37341844)

The future is here.

Why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37341876)

Is there actually a benefit to self lacing shoes?

I don't see much value in such a development.

Now if they could make the shoe lighter or conform better, but just automatic, I don't see the value proposition.

Re:Why (5, Insightful)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | about 3 years ago | (#37341918)

Probably the same value as pumps, air, shox, lights, neon, pockets, gels, etc. About $50 on the pricetag. Value!

Re:Why (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37341920)

I think the idea would be that it conforms better by tying it perfectly each time. To tie shoes really well you basically have to restring them each time or at least re-tighten all the loops leading to the action tie-off point.

Re:Why (1)

Ruke (857276) | about 3 years ago | (#37342030)

I doubt that it ties as well as you could do manually. I would be shocked if the self-tying was for anything other than the novelty value, or if these shoes saw a wide commercial release, instead of just being some publicity stunt.

Re:Why (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37342324)

You are probably right, I am just trying to hold out hope.

Re:Why (2)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 3 years ago | (#37343186)

You do recall how the shoes work in the movie, don't you? They aren't actually tying any knots, just tightening what look like straps. I think microprocessor-controlled sneakers shouldn't have any problem tightening them just right every single time, unlike our sausage-fingered hands.

I wouldn't disagree with the publicity stunt portion though, such a system is likely to be too expensive for now for due to equipment and BTTF licensing costs for regular use. Still, I'd get myself some if they aren't going to be too ridiculously expensive, my current shoes are falling apart anyway.

Re:Why (3, Insightful)

tunapez (1161697) | about 3 years ago | (#37342304)

A 'perceived value', regardless of real value to the end-user, makes a bigger margin if you hype it right. Who hypes crap better than Nike?

BTW, it is amazing how fast 'my' smelly feet problem disappeared after I stopped buying Nike/Reebok/Adidas shoes. Go figure.

If Nike makes the shoes... (2)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 3 years ago | (#37341974)

... then we can probably expect the hoverboard will be made by Sony. Which will then need a memorystick in order to use - but only after you register it through your PS4. Anyone caught using a non-hovering board on any surface afterwards will be subsequently sued for patent infringement.

Re:If Nike makes the shoes... (0)

Colourspace (563895) | about 3 years ago | (#37343000)

Nice trolling!

Please god no jacket (3, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 3 years ago | (#37341978)

I dont care about the self-tying shoes. I wouldnt even be all that disappointed if they didnt make a hoverboard. But I pray that no one is trying to make the hideous jacket with the 4-ft long accordion sleeve. If anyone tries, they should be shot on sight.

I want the jacket! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342294)

"Your jacket is now dry."

so this is the last generation ... (1)

RichMan (8097) | about 3 years ago | (#37342058)

So this is the last generation that will know how to tie even basic knots.
*sigh*

Re:so this is the last generation ... (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | about 3 years ago | (#37342172)

and the last to think.

Anything that requires thought will done using the internet.
When we die the internet will need fags* to fix them.

*If you have seen Idiocracy you won't be offended.
For those that haven't: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Idiocracy+fags [yahoo.com]

Re:so this is the last generation ... (1)

tunapez (1161697) | about 3 years ago | (#37342342)

The dumber and less self-reliant, the better for profit! Gullibility is just icing on the cake.

Tying shoes as a dying skill... (2)

hiryuu (125210) | about 3 years ago | (#37342494)

My wife and I have been extraordinarily disappointed to hear other parents admitting that their children (through third grade) don't know how to tie shoes, simply because the kids have never been given anything but slip-ons and velcro-type shoes of various kinds. A few parents have admitted that they almost never wear anything but crocs and flip-flops. Yeesh.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342650)

I'm one of those people. I'm sure we'll get around to teaching our third grader to tie shoes one of these days, but honestly, so fucking what? Why are you extraordinarily disappointed?

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343120)

Because you're obviously too lazy to be a decent parent. Get off your ass.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (2)

pluther (647209) | about 3 years ago | (#37342820)

Why?

Times change, technology changes, and skills change.

My ten-year-old nephew can't tell time on an analog clock, either.

I don't know how to use a slide rule.

My father doesn't know how to make an obsidian hand-axe.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343116)

"I don't know how to use a slide rule."

I bet you do, and you just don't know that you do. A sliderule is just two log scales, and you already know you can multiply by adding logs. They can do other things too, but you know those too.

There, see? You know how to use a sliderule automatically, because you went to junior high school.

And reading an analog clock? To a first order approximation, you just ignore the minute hand and look where the hour hand is pointed. You can get an estimate within 15 minutes or so that way - the hand points directly to the time. You can't get simpler than a stick pointing to the answer, so I also don't believe people can't read analog clocks.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37343212)

Because knots are a useful skill? Now, and 10000 years ago.
Can't tell time on an analogue clock? Those aren't going away anytime soon.
I'd say a complete fail at parenting is the cause, not "things change"

I know how to make a hand-axe, and use a slide rule. Both are not necessarily ubiquitous any longer, and is less useful. I generally use a steel axe and a calculator.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (2)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 3 years ago | (#37343434)

Why?

Times change, technology changes, and skills change.

My ten-year-old nephew can't tell time on an analog clock, either.

So my 3 year old can tell time on an analog clock, sounds like your nephew might be a bit slow.

I don't know how to use a slide rule.

These were ancient when I was in school but I was curious and managed to figure it out without much difficulty on my own. Also I am proficient with the old style vernier calipers [wikipedia.org]

My father doesn't know how to make an obsidian hand-axe.

Again I know how to do this. I actually learned it in boy scouts as part of some merit badge (it was one of the few Native American themed ones) and flint-knapping [wikipedia.org] was part of the requirements to get it.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (4, Funny)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37343386)

Dear God, you'll be almost suicidal when you find out they don't know how milk cows or make butter or even such trivial things as weaving wool.

Re:Tying shoes as a dying skill... (1)

VolciMaster (821873) | about 3 years ago | (#37343452)

My wife and I have been extraordinarily disappointed to hear other parents admitting that their children (through third grade) don't know how to tie shoes, simply because the kids have never been given anything but slip-ons and velcro-type shoes of various kinds. A few parents have admitted that they almost never wear anything but crocs and flip-flops. Yeesh.

And what's wrong with that? Until you need hiking shoes or lace-up dress shoes, why not wear slip-ons? I do for dress purposes all the time. Are you also averse to parents whose children only know how to wear sandals?

Re:so this is the last generation ... (2)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 3 years ago | (#37342740)

Never fear, geek children will be trained to tie JAVA and LISP knots.

Re:so this is the last generation ... (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 3 years ago | (#37342884)

Lisp:
First you define the shoelace; then you define acceptable knot formats.
After that, you recursively call a looping function to create the knot.

Re:so this is the last generation ... (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 3 years ago | (#37342928)

So this is the last generation that will know how to tie even basic knots.

The Boy Scouts will continue to develop some young men while the rest learn their life skills from XBox.

Re:so this is the last generation ... (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | about 3 years ago | (#37343362)

So this is the last generation that will know how to tie even basic knots. *sigh*

One would assume everyone isn't going to stop rock climbing, sailing, boating, joining the Boy Scouts, tying Christmas trees to their car roofs, and having kinky sex all at once. WTF would they do on the weekends?

Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (4, Interesting)

reverseengineer (580922) | about 3 years ago | (#37342072)

Acknowledging that there's still a few years to check some of these off...
Self-lacing sneakers? YES
Mr. Fusion? SADLY, NO
Hoverboards? NO
1980s nostalgia? SOME (and I'm sure someone has opened a Cafe '80s somewhere)
Flying cars? NO (nothing practical, anyways)
Video calls? YES (though not quite as depicted, and what was with all those fax machines?)
Video games without controllers? YES
Flat panel screens? YES
Chicago Cubs, World Series Champs? OH HELL NO

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (1)

reverseengineer (580922) | about 3 years ago | (#37342234)

Note: I suppose the Cubs have won some World Series in the past, and therefore already qualify as champs. Once these things get past a century, it's easy to forget they happened.

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (1)

tunapez (1161697) | about 3 years ago | (#37342390)

1980s nostalgia? SOME (and I'm sure someone has opened a Cafe '80s somewhere)

My buddy's 16yo daughter has big Go-Go's hair and was listening to Cindy Lauper a few weeks ago. I shuddered.

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342460)

Video games without controllers? YES

"You have to use your hands?! That's like a baby's toy!"

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342496)

This story from last month [slashdot.org] sure sounds like a promising start to Mr. Fusion.

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (2)

GWRedDragon (1340961) | about 3 years ago | (#37343308)

Biometric door locks? YES
Large-scale projected holograms? NO
HUD glasses for driving? NO
Weather control? NO
Dehydrated pizza? NO
Technological police state with instant conviction for crimes? WORKING ON IT

Re:Hill Valley 2015 Scorecard (1)

Faux_Pseudo (141152) | about 3 years ago | (#37343342)

you forgot bundles of compacted compact disks littering the alleyways. = close enough

Whats the point (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 3 years ago | (#37342084)

Didn't velcro make laced shoes already obsolete?

And trying to feed 1.21GW through the rear wheels of a Delorean would almost ce4rtainly leave two burning lines of rubber, but no time travel.

Re:Whats the point (1)

hellkyng (1920978) | about 3 years ago | (#37343172)

Thanks! I was pretty sure that movie was a documentary, I am relieved to learn otherwise.

Video reminds me of the ending of Portal... (4, Funny)

kungfugleek (1314949) | about 3 years ago | (#37342100)

The lace is a tie.

I hope this catches on. (1)

ironjaw33 (1645357) | about 3 years ago | (#37342104)

It's high time we move on from the useless and medieval shoelace. Living in the humid US Southeast, my sweat opens shoelaces on my running shoes faster than Houdini unlacing a straitjacket. They already make cycling shoes with velcro straps and plastic fasteners that would work great in running shoes, but for some reason athletic shoes have a focus on form rather than function.

Re:I hope this catches on. (1)

Slash.research_Kat (2195516) | about 3 years ago | (#37342300)

for some reason athletic shoes have a focus on form rather than function.

I vote for shoe laces cuz I gotta look good when I work out... cuz I work out to stay looking good...

Re:I hope this catches on. (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#37342600)

I vote for shoe laces cuz I gotta look good when I work out... cuz I work out to stay looking good...

Spindly bits of string make you look good?

Don't wanna know any more.

Re:I hope this catches on. (3, Informative)

eclectus (209883) | about 3 years ago | (#37342434)

I don't think it's the sweat that doing it. You (like most people) tie their shoes using a granny knot instead of a reef (or square) knot, resulting in your shoes coming untied easier. Check this [runnersworld.com] for a refresher. Stuff you should know, news for runners (and other people who tie their shoes).

Re:I hope this catches on. (1)

ironjaw33 (1645357) | about 3 years ago | (#37342646)

I don't think it's the sweat that doing it. You (like most people) tie their shoes using a granny knot instead of a reef (or square) knot, resulting in your shoes coming untied easier. Check this [runnersworld.com] for a refresher. Stuff you should know, news for runners (and other people who tie their shoes).

I've seen this article before a few years back -- either I was doing it wrong or it wasn't working as advertised. Either way, there shouldn't be an "art" to ensuring that my shoes stay on. I should be able to put my shoes on with minimal hassle and forget about them.

Re:I hope this catches on. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342438)

try barefoot style running shoes from new balance.
http://www.newbalance.com/nb-minimus/
and use this knot :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsw_ZmeCD6Y

Re:I hope this catches on. (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 3 years ago | (#37343060)

Seconded. I've been doing this knot for about a year and the knot has only slipped twice (vs. at least once a day). I've since taught my kids.

For those without video: standard knot with two wraps instead of one.

Elastic laces (1)

dbarron3 (1659841) | about 3 years ago | (#37342636)

Try elastic laces. I've been using them for 5+ years on my various running shoes. Once you've set them, there's no need to unknot them; just slip your foot in. They are plenty snug to hold your feet in your shoes, plus there is enough give to accommodate swelling if you're running for a long time.

Re:I hope this catches on. (4, Informative)

16384 (21672) | about 3 years ago | (#37343092)

I used to have to re-tie my shoes a few times a day until I found Ian's knot site. Now I tie them with the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot [fieggen.com] and stopped having problems. I don't even need to tie them so tightly as before, and they are almost as easy to untie as before.

Unless you're chicken. (1)

freaxeh (1962440) | about 3 years ago | (#37342334)

Nobody calls me Chicken...

Is this for the BLACK market? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342344)

... because we all know that blacks aren't very intelligent...

Probably can't even tie their own shoelaces...

Re:Is this for the BLACK market? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342546)

That's why the president wears loafers

Get off my lawn! (1)

hellfire (86129) | about 3 years ago | (#37342590)

Okay, self lacing shoes are stupid by definition. Laces are cheap, relatively easy, and far more reliable than an electronic version. The shoes in BTTF are power and electronic driven. I could go around buying batteries and replacement shoes every time they break down, or I could just buy a pair of regular sneakers and be happy. Laces tying in most cultures is a child's rite of passage and everyone knows how to do it these days.

In order to be interesting, first I believe you have to have a mechanical method, by where someone twists or pulls on something to tighten the sneakers, not electric based. But more importantly any solution has to be as reliable/as cheap/as easy as laces, and be better than sneakers on at least one of those points. Even the style people who buy $150 shoes just because they have some sports player's name on them are not going to be too impressed. Laces are like $.05 to make these days and a $150 shoe with laces vs $150 with a snazzy new lacing system is going to eventually get killed by Nike because it's not cost effective.

Now kindly get your hoverboard off my lawn.

Re:Get off my lawn! (2)

LordOfTheNoobs (949080) | about 3 years ago | (#37342958)

It's not on your lawn. It's just over it.

Re:Get off my lawn! (2)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 3 years ago | (#37342984)

Shoes like this should not require batteries... a simple capacitor array driven by a small heel-pad dynamo should do the trick just fine. You could even add other electronics to the shoes, such as Nike's Bluetooth motion sensor and a WiFi repeater. Hey... why not add in a solid state wireless NAS as well?

Power Laces (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37342816)

They are trying to get in ahead of Blake Bevin's kickstarter project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blakebevin/power-laces

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