Michael J. Fox tests out real Nike self-lacing shoes as in ‘Back to the Future’

Today is the exact day that Marty McFly traveled to in the hit film “Back to the Future II.” The film was shot and released in 1989. In the film McFly wore a futuristic looking set of shoes known as the Nike Air Mags. These sneakers looked futuristic, but their claim to fame is that they were self-lacing. To this day you can buy a pair of replicas online for less than $100 on sites like EBay or Amazon. In 2011 Nike designed a limited edition of the Mag that could run you upwards of $5,000. I know, it’s unthinkable to drop that kind of cash on a shoe that will likely never be worn outside. The least Nike could have done was make them actually self-lacing.
The movie made many predictions about what life would be like in the year 2015 and was actually surprisingly accurate apart from flying cars. In the past six months or so functional hoverboards have been implemented into our society and seem to be a hot new item. I think we are past due for a functional set of Air Mags. It is ironic because October 21, 2015 is the future day and year that the movie was set on. After decades of waiting with much anticipation the self-lacing Nike Air Mags are here on the exact day. Obviously Michael J. Fox who plays Marty McFly in the film is one of the first to try on these bad boys. He received a functional pair of these shoes in the mail along with a letter from the designer of the sneaker. The letter states that the shoemaker also plans to make a limited edition number of these self-lacing Mags to be used for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s Disease which Fox himself has.



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