Offbeat

By Pete Goddard


No, you haven’t traveled into the future! These self-lacing trainers are really up for auction and could be yours for £28,000

Recreated by Nike in 2015, the Nike Air Mag’s lace themselves and are an exact replica of the of those worn by Marty Mcfly in the 1989 film and sequel, Back to the Future Part II.

The scene shows Marty travel to future, where he places his feet in the Nike trainers that automatically lace, before jumping onto a hoverboard.

The shoes became so iconic that Nike recreated 89 pairs of the shoe and now pair number 20 is available to buy through Ewbank Auctioneers, for an estimated £28,000.

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The size UK 8 trainers come with the original packaging, signed numbered, plate display and charging accessories, deadstock plate signed by famous Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield.

They also feature the battery-powered, push-button lace engine for tightening and loosening the laces. So advanced was the design, that the developers had to wait until battery technology caught up in order to make the shoes.

The Nike Air Mag’s first commercially released in limited quantities in 2011 and featured LED panels, an electroluminescent NIKE on the ankle strap but without the power lacing.

Pic from Ewbank Auctioneers/Caters News

The shoe returned on October 21, 2015, with functioning power laces and Michael J. Fox received the very first pair courtesy of Tinker Hatfield and Nike.

Additional pairs were also made available via an auction and raffle in 2016 with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, set up by the star in 2000 to help fight the Parkinson’s disease the actor suffers from.

The shoes are in new and unworn condition and are contained in their original box and packaging after the vendor won these in an official Nike raffle.

Alastair McCrea, Ewbank’s specialist said: “This is a rare opportunity indeed to acquire a fabulous piece of entertainment memorabilia so closely linked to a landmark piece of film history and made by one of the world’s leading brands.”

Pic from Ewbank Auctioneers/Caters News

The pair of trainers will go up for sale on May 31 at the auctioneer’s in Send, Surrey, with an estimated value of between £18,000 and £28,000.