You lace them up in the morning, drag them around all day, and then kick them off by the couch in the evening; and then they just sit there. So it’s understandable if you’re getting a little sick and tired of dragging this pair of idiots with you everywhere you go. But don’t get your knickers in a twist. You’re about to meet your new sole mates. Say hello to smart shoes. Your new kicks have a few features with which your tootsies will be unfamiliar. “There’s a three-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer to match; a capacitive copper layer to register foot force; a Bluetooth sensor; a 505-mAh battery that can last between 10 and 20 days and charge wirelessly (just put your shoes on a plugged in Qi-compatible charging mat and they’ll be ready in three hours); and of course a motor. In this case, a motor that’s capable of exerting 240 newton-meters of force—enough to lift a 30-pound weight, and more than enough to tighten the sneaker all the way to tourniquet territory.” They “tie” themselves. They adjust to your activities. They may one day even be able to reduce your injuries. From Wired: Nike’s New Self-Lacing Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart.

+ The “shoe doesn’t just collect data about your training. It adapts itself to fit your foot at a moment’s notice.” FastCo: Nike’s big bet on the future of connected shoes.

+ The Verge: Hands-on with Nike’s self-lacing, app-controlled sneaker of the future. (A future software update is even expected to help with conditions such as bone spurs in one’s heels…)