How many of you, when you saw Back to the Future: Part Two, just wanted to own a pair of Marty McFly’s self-lacing, made to fit, Nike trainers which he manged to come by in the year 2015. Well, it may not be 2015 yet, but Nike are releasing the trainer in all its glory (minus the self-lacing feature, I guess it’s not 2015 yet), with the Nike MAG, you can own your own pair of your favourite movie trainer. That’s if you can get on to ebay and offer enough money to buy on of the 1500 pairs that are going on auction as part of a fundraiser for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. Here is the official Nike press release:
The NIKE MAG is no longer the “greatest shoe never made.” The mythical shoe that originally captured the imagination of audiences in Back to the Future II is being released � and they’re here to help create a future without Parkinson’s disease.
1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG will be auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the ten-day auction, one hundred and fifty pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. Thanks to a previous 50 million dollar match given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, all donations will be matched, effectively doubling the contributions from the auction.
The original NIKE MAG was worn by the Back to the Future character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, in the year 2015. It came alive, lit up and formed to Marty’s foot. The 2011 NIKE MAG shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original from Back to the Future II. The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent NIKE in the strap. The 2011 NIKE MAG illuminates with the pinch of the “ear” of the high top, glowing for five hours per charge.
As much as I would love to own a pair of these, I just don’t have the money to put in a reasonable offer. God Dammit! But it is for an incredibly noble cause, and who knows, by 2015 I might be able to own my own pair that do in fact tie their own laces. We’ll have to wait and see. For now, check out the awesome Frank Marshall-directed trailer made for the trainers, featuring Bill Hader, Kevin Durant and the Doc himself Christopher Lloyd. And also check out an appeal from Michael J. Fox endorsing the trainer and his research foundation.