Back To The Future Nike Air Mags Are Real And Glorious

Ever since Back to the Future Part II came out and tickled my fanciful soul with the Nike Air Mag, I've been waiting to get my hands on a pair. They're finally real and oh my god they're so dreaaamy.

The upper of the shoe is made of reinforced mesh. The outer sole is lined with LED panels that'll light up just like all futuristic shoes imagined in the '80s should (we're not talking corny LA Gear shoes here, people). The Air Mag is rechargeable and will stay lit for five hours. There's also a electroluminescent Nike logo in the strap. It's pretty much the exact replica of the pair of shoes Marty McFly famously wore with a few slight tweaks to add more support and comfort.

Here's the great news about the Back to the Future Nikes: they're being made for a great cause as the proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in the hopes of finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.

The less good news? Well, in the larger scope of things, there isn't any bad news. Parkinson's is a terrible disease and benefiting the search for a cure is always a good thing. For sneakerheads looking to score the shoe of their lifetime though, the Air Mags is going to be really hard to come by as only 1500 pairs will be made. Even harder is that each pair will be put up for auction on eBay.

Crushing the far-fetched dream of wearing 2015 technology on your feet though, the shoes won't be power lacing. That's okay! Everything else about the shoe is as beautiful as when I first fell in love with it. And who knows what'll happen when it's actually 2015? Michael J. Fox is slated to be on Letterman tonight, so we'll all see the official unveiling there.

There just a pair of shoes, yes, but they might as well be Doc Brown and a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor -- I feel like a kid all over again. I can't wait to put them on. [Spain Kicks via Sole Collector]

Image: @crookedtongues, @AmyJoMartin and High Snobiety


    Awwww, no power laces... but ooooooh.... the geek side of me really wants those. Not sure the wife would agree though.

      I dunno about your wife Sam, but I am going to point out the many thousands of dollars she spends on shoes and argue that I am just consolidating all the money into one pair for my self for a change! =D

        Hmmmm, I think you might be on to something there! units... $1000+.. maybe even $10000+... might have to sell my car

    one good thing about nike... they will release a non-limited-edition shortly after this super limited edition... devaluing the initial release, but making it easier for the rest of us to get... and probably with power laces!!!

    Even without the power laces I feel as though my life has been leading up to this moment.

    We'll need to wear our jeans inside out with them, of course.

    Now, onto the latest Mattel update... right?


    But wheres my Hover Board!..still Fricken awesome...

      they should put some metal into the sole of the shoe and release a toy hoverboard with rare earth magnets in it, would work just fine

    No power laces means these are just regular shoes. Why would I want them?

    Surely having the LEDs powered by kinetics would have been a better decision?

    Rechargeable shoes just seems... odd.

    Only 1500? Dammit Nike just release the shoes so EVERYONE can buy them, not those with 1000+ dollars spare to blow on shoes. This is actually crushing.

    Well if your feet didn't stink before, they will if you wear these! Looks like a very hot and sweaty pair of boots to me, but then again I'd probably look like a tool wearing them anyway! I think maybe they should have a recommended age limit for them, to stop people over 50 from wearing them! #]

    ** Taken from the FAQ section**


    Due to individual country regulations governing the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of products containing batteries and other electronic components (i.e. chargers), sales and shipments for this auction will be available to bidders in the United States.


    Cheers eGay

      no reason why you couldn't do forward shipping... only if you are a serious bidder. I can see one pair has already reached $75,000!

        Dude,..seriously... $75, dumb are these people? That's rediculous

          Dumb enough to earn more money then you and I will ever be able to.

            Unless you think they will sell them on for more money here, I think you may have it bass ackwards! For that kind of money they would need to put them behind glass in a museum of stupidity!

        You can actually order a brand new Delorean for $65,000

      What bullshit.

      If this is only for US people, is shouldn't be on either.

        just as news of this shouldn't be told to the unwashed masses who can't afford it?

    QUOTE: (from the eBay item description)
    "The 2011 NIKE MAG shoes are... not designed or intended for normal wear and use as footwear."

    I dint wanna be "that guy", but... "there just a pair of shoes"??? I think you meant "THEY'RE just a pair of shoes". I can understand one of us civilians getting that wrong, but a Gizmodo writer?! Guys, you're better than that!!!

      Whoops! I mean "don't", not "dint"!

    Update to power laces:

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