Nike Adapt Huarache: Nike’s first self-lacing lifestyle sneaker 

Nike Adapt Huarache has the comfort and lightweight feel of the 1991 ski boot-inspired Huarache designed by Nike’s innovator Tinker Hatfield. This time, it’s packaged under a much smarter guise using auto-lacing cables that adapt to the shape of the foot in real-time. 

Nike draws two worlds together for the Nike Adapt Huarache by integrating state-of-the-art technology with fashionable footgear. The Adapt Huaraches are dressed in exciting colorways, from subdued white and racer blue to vibrant Opti Yellow and Jade Orange. 

Nuts and bolts of Nike’s EARL

Since the drop of the self-lacing Air Mags, Nike has been teasing Swoosh fans with sneakers that spelled f-u-t-u-r-i-s-t-i-c. The innovative technology behind these smart shoes is Nike’s EARL or Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing. 

Such a rechargeable power lacing system offers an adaptive fit without the need to cinch down laces or straps. So, Nike EARL shoes can be remotely controlled using a smartphone or smartwatch. 

Nike Adapt Huarache’s notable elements

Aside from the auto-lacing feature, below are some of the attributes of the Nike Adapt Huarache that’s uncommon to other Nike smart shoes:

  • it’s assembled with an opening, making it easy to slip on and off versus the high-top Air Mags with Velcro strap
  • unlike the Hyperadapt 1.0, it’s wrapped with a stretchy, breathable, and lightweight upper
  • it offers a comfy stride without being too heavy like the basketball-oriented Adapt BB

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Futuristic, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Huarache, Nike Air
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, EVA / Fabric
Technology: Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.