It's been rumored--and by rumored, I mean almost entirely confirmed--in the last couple of days that Nike would soon be announcing the one thing every kid who ever saw Back to the Future Part II has been quietly hoping for as we've grown closer and closer to the film's then far-flung futuristic year of 2015. Namely, the release of Marty McFly's super awesome self-lacing Nike shoes. Guess what? It's actually happening.
At a supersecret event in which shoe bloggers--I guess if I get to have this job, I can't make fun of people for being shoe bloggers, but still--to a supersecret location to unveil the hot new kicks. Much like Michael J. Fox's sweet shoes in the movie, these shoes glow. In fact, they actually can be charged, and will stay glowing for up to five hours at a time. The future, she is here, and she is magnificent.
However, ponying up for futuristic footwear won't be as easy as you might hope. Only 1,500 pairs of the new Nike MAG sneakers will be produced. They'll be auctioned off on eBay, and all proceeds from the shoe's sales will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.
So while it's unlikely that any of us non-shoe-obsessed types will get our hands on these kicks, there is something rather comforting about the fact that they'll be benefiting such a good cause, and frankly, just knowing that they exist. We are a better world with Marty McFly's shoes in them than we are without them.