This One's For You, Marty McFly!
In a statement that made former teenagers from the 1980's jump up and down for joy, Nike shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield, who designed the Nike MAG sneaker Marty McFly wore in the 1989 film "Back to the Future 2,"confirmed they were working on their 'Marty McFly shoes', complete with power laces, which are slated to debut sometime this year. The exact release date and price of the shoes aren't currently known, but we do know that the patent papers for the lacing system have been filed.
For those of you out there who weren't lucky enough to be a teenager during this era, let me give you a brief description of the hit movie that first debuted on July 3rd, 1985. It's the story of Marty McFly, a young man portrayed by actor Michael J. Fox, who is accidentally thrust thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. Marty is in trouble because in order to save his own existence he has to make sure his high-school-age parents fall in love. The shoes worn by the Marty McFly character were made popular during the 1980's because they were totally cool high-top sneakers that had the power to lace up on their own. In the patent papers confirmed by Nike, the system they created is described as a weight sensor that would trigger the mechanism to activate the laces. The mechanism is housed in the midsole of the shoe and is set in motion by using a button on the outside, which sets off a type of cog and pulley system.
That's heavy, Doc."
Yeah, you're not kidding! Fans of the “Back to the Future” trilogy will recognize the significance of the shoes debuting in 2015, as the main characters, Marty and Doc, travel to that year during the second installment of "Back To The Future". In the movie, 2015 is the year they discovered power laced high-tops and also the hoverboard, another fan favorite that fanatics of the movie are hoping will someday become a reality.
Nike has been teasing about the release of the Marty McFly shoes since 2011, when it showcased a video promoting the self-lacing shoes. In the same year, Nike auctioned off 1,500 mocked up pairs of the self-lacing, glowing sneakers, with the net proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research to fight Parkinson's Disease. Fox, who starred in the Back To The Future trilogy, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991 and has since been a very strong advocate in the fight against the disease. The winning bids accumulated in over $5,000 worth of proceed money.
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