The futuristic Nike trainers featured in Back to the Future have become a reality – four years ahead of schedule.
The Nike Mags were first worn by Michael J Fox on a trip to the year 2015 in time-travelling adventure sequel Back to the Future Part II. And although Nike haven’t quite perfected the self-lacing technology that helped make them every young boy’s dream footwear, they do feature glowing LEDs and are otherwise exact copies of the hi-tops worn by Marty McFly.
"The... shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original Back to the Future II,” said a Nike spokesperson. "The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent Nike in the strap."
In the original shoes, the lights were powered by a battery, with wires run down Fox’s trouser leg. Tinker Hatfield, who designed the trainers, said fitting the lighting system into a wearable everyday shoe was one of the most ambitious projects Nike had ever undertaken.
1,500 pairs of the shoes are going up for auction on eBay – 150 each day, starting on 8 September – with prices so far averaging around the $5,000 mark and the first pair, bought by UK rapper Tinie Tempah, going for $37,500.
All proceeds from the sales will go directly to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Fox, who was diagnosed with the condition in 1991, said: “The project is exciting to me because it brings together three very passionate audiences: the Parkinson's community, sneakerheads and Back to the Future fans.
“With their support we can accelerate our objective of finding a cure for Parkinson's.”
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