Michael J. Fox Gets Self-Lacing Shoes From Back To The Future

  • Article by Amy Bradney-George
  • October 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM

When Back To The Future Part II was released, everyone who saw it was caught up in the adventures of Marty McFly as he explored the future on 21st October 2015.

The people, the fashion and the technology of that future were limited only by people’s imaginations – and almost everyone wanted something from that world. Particularly Marty’s cool shoes, which featured in the film, it’s posters and have become an iconic representation of the Back to the Future films.

Ever since then, fans of the series have continued to ask for these shoes to be made real. Now, it’s finally happened.

In a feat of timing, Nike teamed up with Michael J Fox and his Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to reveal the real life version of the Nike Mags on “Back to the Future Day”. The new shoes were designed by Nike legend Tinker Hatfield, who also designed the ones seen in the film.

These ones actually lace themselves, tightening and loosing with the touch of some buttons on the side, and lighting up on the heel and sole sections, as well as on the Nike logo that straps across the front of the shoe.

A video shared by the Michael J Fox Foundation on social media shows the star of these films testing out the shoes for the first time. What makes this video even more powerful is the realisation that Nike Mags could become a practical and valuable option for people with conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, who may have trouble lacing up other shoes.

Michael J Fox’s shoes were preceded by a note from Hatfield, which said the shoes were proof that fiction could become fact.

“What is so special about the Nike Air Mag is that its impact continues to resonate,” he says. “We may never know its final legacy but we continue to work on projects that carry and progress some of its principals.”

Hatfield also said more pairs were being made to support the Michael J Fox Foundation, which Nike had previously teamed up with in 2011 to release a limited edition Nike Mag design (that wasn’t as functional).

“We hope that the combined effort will raise even more than the $9.4 million collected in 2011 and to eliminating in some way Parkinson’s Disease in our lifetime.”

Michael J Fox was awed by the shoes, and also inspired by reflecting on how much has changed in the 30 years since the first Back To The Future film was released.

“Back then, if you’d have told me that I’d go from talking on a cell phone to talking cell biology, I would never have believed you,” Fox writes in a blog for the White House website.

“So what’s possible in another 30 years? Call me an optimist, but I believe that by 2045 we’ll find the cures we seek — especially because of all the smart, passionate people working to make it happen.”

“Doctors and researchers around the world are developing new tools to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, to tailor treatments — for all illnesses — through precision medicine, and to make life better for millions of people. This truly is the stuff of the future.”

Images: Michael J Fox wearing the Nike Mags for the first time, source: Michael J Fox Foundation on Twitter; A promotional shot of the Nike Mags, source: Nike website (screenshot).

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