Witness, the Sort of Amazing Auto-Lacing Shoe! (Video)


For those who claim that nobody’s doing anything creative these days, here’s the self-lacing shoe, a boon for the barefoot-fearing lazy or exhausted or vertigo-impaired among us who can’t stand to bend down and tie their own laces or just buy Velcro. Or flip-flops. Inventor Blake Bevin, who’s actually riffing off the shoes in Back to the Future II, explains, “Operation is quite simple — step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe. A touch switch reverses the servos.”

Except, apparently, you have to bend down anyway to reach that touch switch, unless you can pay someone else to do it. Laziness be damned! Seriously, though, this shoe is cool, mostly because its rainbow-brightness brings us inimitable joy. Learn how to make your own here; surely it’s not as challenging as learning how to tie your shoes. That took us most of second grade. Now, can we get on some things that really matter? Where’s that self-lifting-to-our-lips wine bottle?