Be jealous – Michael J Fox now has a pair of working self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II

This amazing vision of the future is now a reality – and all in aid of Parkinson's disease research

The internet was awash yesterday with pieces about what Back to the Future II predicted rightly or wrongly about 2015 (and the specific October 21st date that film travelled to) , but one of its gadgets has definitely come true – the self-lacing shoes worn by Marty McFly in the 1989 film’s vision of 2015.


This isn’t just another Back to the Future Day corporate cash-in: a limited run of Nike Air Mags will be auctioned off next spring in aid of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The note above comes from Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, who said, “As the first, most celebrated wearer of the Nike Air Mag, we wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair.” 

He added, “In addition to your personal pair we’re creating more pairs for support in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.”

It’s official – the future is here, and it apparently feels a bit like a ski boot. 


Michael J. Fox models the first self-lacing Nike Mags.

Michael J. Fox models the first self-lacing Nike MAG.

Posted by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 when he was 29 years old, and set up a charity in his name in 2000 dedicated to finding a cure.

In an open email to the White House, Fox wondered what we might have in another 30 years’ time – and he wasn’t thinking of self-tying trainers.

“Call me an optimist, but I believe that by 2045 we’ll find the cures we seek — especially because of all the smart, passionate people working to make it happen,” he wrote.

“This truly is the stuff of the future,” he added. “Together, we’ll make neurological illness a thing of the past.

“And if we all eventually get hoverboards, well — that’s a bonus.”