Great Scott! Nike has finally decided to release those self lacing shoes that Michael J. Fox wore when he traveled to the year 2015 in the film 'Back to the Future II'. Dubbed the Nike MAG these shoes lack the auto laces shown in the film and are being released in a very limited quantity as an e-bay only auction item from now until September 18th. With 150 pairs being released per day. Now before you get all up in the air over Nike's decision to basically screw the general public out of every having a chance to own these it is important to note that 100% of all net proceeds of these shoes are being donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and will go towards helping to find a cure for Parkinsons disease. That sort of helps to ease the fact that a set sold for a little over $18,000.00 last night.
The price for these Nike MAGs have seemed to settle in at around $5,000 per set, which is only slightly less outrageous than what they went for yesterday but still far out of the price range of your average fan. Like I said it's nice knowing where the money is going to but that still doesn't help the fact that I really want a pair of these shoes! Although I have been reading that the general consensuses amongst the shoe community (yes, such a thing does in fact exist) is that if demand is high enough, Nike might eventually release a stripped down version to the public, one without the fancy LED lights and the light up Nike logos. I would be down with that and more than willing to spend $200 for said stripped down shoe. So if anyone from Nike is reading this, how about we get a Nike MAG for the rest of us!
I am really curious to see what everyone else thinks of these shoes. Realizing that it is a fairly noble gesture on the part of Nike, you know there is obviously some other hidden incentive for them as a company to be doing this. Wither it is as simple as publicity or a marketing stunt for a future public release of the shoe it is fairly obvious that as large as a company as Nike is, I doubt they are doing this just for the good intentions of Parkinsons research. As a life long 'Back to the Future' fan it does sort of feel like a slight kick in the pants knowing that only a very select few fans of the franchise will ever be able to own a set of these. The rest of us just get to look at photos online and hope that someday one will accidentally end up on a garage sale by someones misinformed mother. I would imagine that a good percentage of these shoes are going to end up right back on e-bay and would not be surprised to see a "buy it now" price of a cool million at some point. The rest are doomed to sit in some rich shoe collectors attic. Purchased not because they are replica 'Back to the Future' shoes but simply because they are some weird limited edition Nike item.
Hopefully though, a couple pairs of these shoes will end up in the right hands and we will get to see some cool "unpacking" videos on YouTube here in the next few days. So what do you guys think of the Nike MAG 'Back to the Future' shoes? How much would you be willing to spend to own a set? And if a stripped down version was to ever hit the market, would you actually purchase it?