Back to the Future Shoes – They’re Real and for Sale!

Back to the Future Shoes – They’re Real and for Sale!

If you’ve ever watched the Back to the Future trilogy, then you’d know that one of the coolest things from those movies were the awesome self lacing Nike shoes (Nike MAG) that we’ve craved for over 20 years (well that an the hoverboard). The Shoes were worn by actor Michael J Fox who famously played Marty McFly and travelled to the year 2015 where we were first introduced to these shoes. The best part is that Nike have actually created 1,500 of these shoes to be auctioned off on eBay in conjunction with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. Oh my god that’s the best news of 2011 for sure.

Now unfortunately as you see in the video above, they made these shoes 4 years too early. The technology isn’t there yet for ‘self-lacing’ shoes because as was in the movie, 2015 is the year expected for these shoes to be self lacing. The GOOD news however is that these sneakers light up! Even the Nike logo in the front strap lights up like in the movie thanks to LED Lighting technology. These bad boys will give you 4 to 5 hours of lights on a single charge and up to 3,000 hours of light fueled fun.

The 2011 Nike Mag.

Our question is, WHY ARE THEY ONLY MAKING 1,500 pairs of these?! Our best hope is that they’re actually waiting till 2015 to mass produce these, because as things stand – these shoes will not be cheap. A quick check on the eBay page reveals that they are selling for a minimum or $4,000 (but with free shipping). Still, every single dollar made off these shoes will go towards the research to cure Parkinson’s which is a great cause, and should bring in $10 million or more. Basically the auction will go for 10 days, with 150 pairs being offered per day from today onwards. If you want to bid on these shoes, then click here. Remember, be generous as any donations and funds made of these shoes will be doubled by Google founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki who have offered to match all donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation up to $US50 million through the end of 2012. If I had $5,000 laying around – these would be first on my Christmas Shopping list (take it as an early Christmas Gift).

Source: Michael J Fox Foundation


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