Why you’re going to want Nike’s Adapt BB sneakers

Posted: 16 January 2019 10:07 am

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Meet the latest in smart technology: self-lacing sneakers.

From smartwatches to smart home technology, we are officially in an era where convenience is the key selling point of products. Earlier this month, global sportswear giant Nike announced its contribution to this new wave of trendy tech. Introducing the next chapter of its Adapt line, the brand has debuted a pair of self-lacing basketball sneakers and, folks, the future is now.

Before you ask the question, is smart technology making us lazy (probably, yes), there is actually a good reason for the innovative new kicks. Picking up where they left off with the HyperAdapt 1.0s, Nike has taken the power-lacing concept to create a shoe that is practical for players.

During a normal game of basketball, a player's feet may swell up to a half-size more than normal. The new design seeks to improve this experience by loosening the shoe to increase blood flow and tightening them again to increase performance. With updated technology and a price tag less than half that of the HyperAdapt 1.0s, there's never been a better time to update your sports shoes.

Once you step into your Adapt BBs, a custom motor senses the tension that is needed for your feet and adjusts accordingly. This can be done manually or, like most things these days, through an app. The Nike Adapt App comes with a range of different settings to adjust the fit, and even the colour, of your sneakers. Fancy.

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The Adapt BBs feature Nike's Flyknit technology to provide support and breathability. They also have a padded tongue for easy entry, a foam midsole for soft cushioning and, of course, power laces. The battery life of the futuristic sneakers can also last 10-14 days on a wireless charge.

When and where to buy the Adapt BB sneakers

The basketball kicks are set to drop on 17 February in the US, so we should hopefully see them pop up in Australia towards the end of next month. The Adapt BBs will be available from the Nike website as well as instore and will also likely be available from other Nike stockists such as THE ICONIC and Platypus Shoes. They are set to retail for US$350, so save your next few pay cheques and say goodbye to sore feet forever.

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