The NIKE MAG is no longer the “greatest shoe never made.” The mythical shoe that originally captured the imagination of audiences in Back to the Future II is being released – and they’re here to help create a future without Parkinson’s disease.
1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG will be auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the ten-day auction, one hundred and fifty pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. Thanks to a previous 50 million dollar match given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, all donations will be matched, effectively doubling the contributions from the auction.
The original NIKE MAG was worn by the Back to the Future character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, in the year 2015. It came alive, lit up and formed to Marty’s foot. The 2011 NIKE MAG shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original from Back to the Future II. The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent NIKE in the strap. The 2011 NIKE MAG illuminates with the pinch of the “ear” of the high top, glowing for five hours per charge.
So, pretty cool all around, right? Movie nostalgia, futuristic sneakers, philanthropy. What’s not to like? Plenty if you’re a YouTube commenter. But I was in this for my love of all things Back to the Future, not my love of footwear. Still kind of sucks that the price tag and limited availability will most likely prevent me from ever seeing a pair in real life. Stupid poor friends. My plan to bid $1 on September 18th will hopefully pay off. eBay works off Price is Right rules, correct?
At the very least we get a fun short starring Bill Hader, Kevin Durant, and everyone’s favorite Argentinian electronics salesman paying tribute to Back to the Future. Video after the jump along with all the Nike Mag/Back 4 the Future media you 90 mph-doing b@stards can handle.
Next page: More imagery, current biding, and a message from Michael J. Fox. Also, interesting interview with designers Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers here.
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