Michael J Fox has modelled Nike’s consumer version of Marty McFly’s iconic self-lacing trainers, the Nike MAG, which is due to go on sale in early 2016, the Telegraph reports.
When Marty McFly slipped into his self-lacing trainers in Back to the Future II, the year was 2015 and hoverboards and flying cars were the norm. While we’re still waiting on the levitating transport, avid fans may be able to get their hands on and feet into Nike’s iconic trainers by early next year.
To mark Back to the Future day, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield sent actor Michael J Fox the very first pair of self-lacing Nike MAGs with a letter, which Fox shared on Twitter.
“Almost 30 years ago, we embarked on a journey to create a glimpse into the future,” wrote Mr Hatfield. “As the first, most celebrated wearer of the Nike Air MAG, we wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair.”
The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research shared a short clip of Fox trying on the trainers on October 21 2015, the very date Marty travels forward to in the second film of the franchise.
Mr Hatfield was the brains behind the hi-top trainers as worn by Michael J Fox in the 1989 sequel, known as Nike MAGs, and confirmed earlier this year that he and his team were working hard to bring them to market, according to Nice Kicks.
Speaking at the Agenda Trade Show in California in January, Mr Hatfield declined to give an exact date the trainers would go on sale, but said there were still “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015.”
The 2015 version of the trainers will be auctioned off in early 2016, with all sales going towards the Michael J Fox Foundation.
The company first announced it was working on a consumer version of the shoes early last year, and was granted a patent for the power lacing system last July.
The patent outlines how a weight sensor, coupled with a user control device could be used to trigger the strap moving mechanism, making the shoes appear to tie themselves once your foot is inside.
1,500 Nike MAGs went on sale via eBay in 2011 and raised almost £3.6 million ($6 million) for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, although they could not tie themselves.
It took Mr Hatfield and his team six years to create the Nike MAG as a perfect replica of the shoes as worn in the film, featuring a 3,000 hour rechargeable battery, lights and electroluminescent out-sole.
It’s been an exciting few months for Back to the Future aficionados, after a Californian start-up announced it had developed a working hoverboard prototype which can float over smooth metal.
Other everyday technologies for 2015 via Back to the Future II predicted included wearables and video calling, both of which are now commonplace. Virtual reality headsets are being developed for consumer use.
Other everyday technologies for 2015 via Back to the Future II predicted included virtual reality headsets and video-calling, both of which are now realities. We might have to wait a bit longer for the flying cars though.