With the official app, sneakerheads can activate various functions of the Adapt BB, like its lighting, its metrics, and of course, the tightness of the laces. It's the first true hands-free laceless sneaker. And it's also the first shoe that can be ruined by an update.
After a recent firmware update, iPhone users could once again get on their high-tops and look down on Android users, who have started complaining that their Nike app is bricking their footwear. While users can still sync the app with the left shoe, it no longer connects to the right shoe. Some even reported that it has caused the shoe's motor to shut down. This means that the sneaker can no longer be laced up, which has been a pretty important feature for footwear ever since we moved on from sandals and togas. So not only has Nike invented a whole new way to ruin a shoe, but they've also found a way to make wardrobe malfunctions boring and nerdy.
Now, we don't want to be those self-righteous old-timers who brag about how in their day, they had to Velcro their own Air Force Maxes and walk 20 miles in the snow to go watch Tobey Maguire play Spider-Man. Gadgets like the smart shoe tend to be the run-up to an Air-Jordan-like leap forwards in how we live our everyday lives. But while that technology gets perfected, maybe the Adapt BBs should come with some sort of emergency backup. Maybe a long, easily concealable bit of string that could be somehow be tied together using our hands? Or is that idea too disruptive?
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