Back to the Future With The Self-Tying Shoes
New Shoes, New Feature
Sneakerheads and shoe collectors the world over have been known to stand in line for the latest footwear and fork over big money for the privilege of owning a pair. Sure, these new kicks may look cool, and yes, good design is always important, but the shoes that collectors covet rarely do anything new or different. What about shoes with a new feature? What self-tying shoes? This may sound ridiculous, totally futuristic, or like a concept stolen from Back to the Future II, but it’s real, and it’s coming in May of 2015 from Quebec-based Powerlace Technology.
Self-Tying Shoe Technology
Before you envision a shoe that defies gravity and makes its own knots out of bunny ears, it’s helpful to learn how the Powerlace shoes work. Slide your foot into the shoe, and the lacing mechanism is automatically activated by your body’s weight. The laces are tightened to the tension that you set the first time you put them on. If the shoes ever feel too tight or too loose, they tension can be adjusted. When it’s time to take them off, there’s a simple lever on the heel that releases the tension so that your foot can easily be removed. There are no batteries, no gears, no motors, and no springs, so they’re lightweight and comfortable.
Cool, Fun, Functional
Being one of the first to own this automatic and hands-free self-lacing shoe may make you the coolest kid on the block. It’s a fun use of technology, and it makes your life easier and more convenient. But beyond the cool factor, consider the more serious uses of Powerlace shoes: these could be incredibly helpful for the elderly, for anyone with an upper body injury, for those who suffer from motor neuron illnesses, or even for individuals with arthritis. It may be a bit idealistic to suggest this, but perhaps Powerlace has elevated the shoe game from one of form to one of function.