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Hey, it’s only right.
To commemorate Back to the Future Day on Wednesday, Michael J. Fox was given the first pair of power-lace shoes — dubbed MAG — designed by Nike, modeled after the ones Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future: Part II.
— michaeljfox.org (@MichaelJFoxOrg) October 21, 2015
Late Tuesday night, Nike teased the announcement by tweeting at Fox: “See you tomorrow.”
.@realmikefox see you tomorrow.
— Nike (@Nike) October 21, 2015
Needless to say, fans of Back to the Future went nuts about what it meant, most speculating power laces were finally a reality.
Wednesday afternoon, Nike announced the MAG power-laced shoes would go on sale next spring in a limited edition release. The shoes will only be available via auction, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, according to Nike.
In January, popular Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed he and his team were working on the shoe design featuring power laces, and he hoped to have the shoe released by 2015, sneaker blog Nice Kicks reported.
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) January 7, 2015
On Wednesday Hatfield sent a letter to Fox about the shoes and his inspiration for their creation, reading in part: “Although the project started as science fiction, we’re now proud to turn that fiction into fact … We wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair.”
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) October 21, 2015
The automatic lacing system patent was filed by Nike in July 2013.
In 2011, Nike released the limited edition replica MAG, but that version did not feature the power laces.
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