Nike's power-lacing shoes are finally real

Back to the Future day brings a nice, long-awaited surprise

At the start of the year, Nike said it hoped to release the real power-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II by year's end. Last month, a former employee at Nike's PR firm teased 21 October as the date we'd see them. And on the day? Well, sure enough, it happened.

The 2015 Nike Mag won't actually release until next year, but they're very real: actor Michael J. Fox, who portrayed Marty McFly in the seminal film series, just demonstrated the first pair on American TV overnight. A previous 2011 release for charity was a non-functioning replica, but the 2015 Nike Mag shoes feature real power laces that tighten on their own.

Good luck ever getting your hands on them, however. Nike will release them in the spring solely via auctions - same as last time - with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. And each pair is likely to command many thousands of pounds. But if you've got the money, these long-awaited dream shoes are finally a reality.

[Source: Nike]