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Nike Reveals Self-tying Shoe

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Nike's self-tying shoe is seen in this photo courtesy of the company.

Nike's self-tying shoe is seen in this photo courtesy of the company.

A concept first floated in the 1985 movie Back to the Future is now a reality.

In the movie, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, wore athletic shoes that laced automatically, and this week, shoe manufacturer Nike announced it had made just such a shoe.

It’s called HyperAdapt 1.0, and according to Nike, when you put it on, your heel activates a sensor that will automatically tighten the laces. Two buttons on the side of the shoe allow the wearer to either loosen or tighten the lacing.

Nike says the technology has been in development for a number of years, but was based on the design of another shoe called Nike MAG.

The new shoe is expected to be released in time for the holidays and will come in three colors.

The designer, Tinker Hatfield, told CNN that the purpose of the shoe is to give athletes greater flexibility to quickly adjust the tightness of laces.

"That's an important step because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition," he said in a statement.

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