For those who simply can't hold out for power laces, the Halloween costume version of Marty McFly's Nikes from Back to the Future Part II are quite convincing. And unlike the limited-edition Air Mags that Nike produced in 2011, which are going for bajillions of dollars on eBay, these can be yours for only $US99.
The "Back to the Future 2 Light Up Shoes" from HalloweenCostumes.com are officially licensed by Universal Studios and are therefore dead-ringers for Marty's kicks. Here's the movie version, should you need a reminder:
The costume shoes have the same high-topped grey leather, velcro "power laces," and LED lights in the soles (which can be charged with included power cord). All that's missing is that big ole Nike swoosh. And, of course, the self-lacing technology.
Yes, it's almost 2015 and those self-lacing shoes we were promised are still not on the market, even though Nike designer Tinker Hatfield swears that they're coming. Let's hope so. It will make next year's very timely BTTF costumes all the more believable. Until then, there's no shame in wearing these knockoffs year-round. [HalloweenCostumes.com]