After officially hitting the market earlier this month, the Nike Adapt BB sneakers have made headlines for being the first self-lacing sneaker and, conversely, for malfunctioning within days of their release. Now in its latest video, YouTube channel What’s Inside has taken the footwear apart, cutting open the shoe from front to back in order to highlight its electronic inner workings.
The clip incorporates a test-run of the motorized sneakers on an indoor court, in which the father-son hosts take turns wearing the style while shooting hoops. Though both Lincoln and Dan share their approval on the shoe’s modern aesthetic, fit and comfort feedback varied for each. While 12-year-old Lincoln remarked that they were “hurting his feet,” Dan’s experience was that they “pinch your foot a little bit” but “don’t feel super heavy.” The duo then proceeds to cut the sneakers open, utilizing a box cutter to strip away the outer layer of mesh, remove the tongue and expose the actual laces.
Eventually, the experiment unveils the key technical elements which include the miniature motor (covered up by a velcro piece) and a single black cable that connects from the battery and forms the “laces.” Despite the layers of deconstruction, they found that as long as the motor and cables were in-tact and charged, the footwear still retained its self-lacing ability. Not only did Lincoln and Dan expose the elements inside of the shoe, but they also discovered another nifty use for the charging pad included in the box — it can also be used to power up at least three cell phones at a time.
Scroll above to watch the full What’s Inside video, “World’s First Self Lacing Basketball Shoes?” For more in new Nike product, check out the brand’s latest colorway of its M2K Tekno.