Nike preparing to release ‘Back to the Future 2’ shoes
This year coincides with the date of Marty McFly’s fictional trip to the future as seen in the film Back to the Future II. And while that might make some of you feel old, there is some good news that goes with that.
To celebrate the anniversary, and to, ya know, make a ton of money, Nike is preparing to release a set of self-lacing shoes, similar to those worn by Michael J. Fox’s character when he goes into the far off future of… October 21, 2015.
Yeah, it’s now ok to feel old.
Nike previously announced that it was working on the shoes, but this is the first official confirmation that they will actually be released.
The shoes will be based on the Nike MAG sneakers released in 2011, which were themselves inspired by Back to the Future II. Only 1,500 pairs were released, all of which were sold on eBay. The proceeds went to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease, and the shoes ended up raising $4.7 million.
The upcoming sneakers will retain that look, but they will also feature self-lacing technology. It’s not clear exactly how they will work yet, but the shoes will also light up.
Again, no release date has been given for the shoes, although October or November are definite possibilities. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield – who originally designed the shoes for the film – told CNET that they would be out this year, but went on to say that there are still “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015.”
Back to the Future II was released on November 22, 1989, and it was partially set on October 21, 2015. Releasing the shoes on either of those dates would hit an anniversary. The film will celebrate its 25th anniversary in November, while the October date would be 30 years after the film’s start date, which began in October 1985. Either would make sense as a good release date for the shoes.