Back in 2011, Nike got the movie nerds and sneakerheads of the world all in a tizzy when it announced the limited release of the Nike MAG (see above), which was a replica of the futuristic power-lacing shoe that Marty McFly rocks out in Back to the Future II. It was a cool shoe, with all proceeds (upwards of $6 million) going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, except there was one catch: the shoes did not have power laces. Unfortunately, Nike hadn't perfected that technology yet.
Good news is it looks like that's about to change.
It all made sense back in 2011, though, because in Back to the Future II Marty doesn't utilize the technology until the year 2015. So even though fans were bummed after that 2011 release, they took solace in the fact that maybe Nike was waiting until 2015. Well, according to Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, that's very much the case. When he was asked about power laces during an appearance at Jordan Brand's Flight Lab space in New Orleans, he was pretty straightforward with his response:
"Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say yes!"
Back to the Future producer Frank Marshall teased as much during the 2011 launch when he tweeted, "Powerlaces? Not until 2015." Considering 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future -- coupled with the fact that it marks the same year Marty and Doc traveled to in Back to the Future II -- it seems all the stars are aligning for what's sure to be a spectacular year for Back to the Future nerds.
Will we finally see Nike release an exact version of the sneakers Marty wears in the movie, complete with power laces? We'll see, but in the meantime can someone also get to work on the auto-sizing jacket that dries itself whenever it gets wet?
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