Sneakerheads are people who are as enthused about sneakers as we sci-fi fans are about low-slung blasters. But there's an intersection between the two disparate groups: the 1989 Movie Back to the Future 2. In it, the time-traveling high schooler Marty McFly sports the latest in 2015 footware, a self-lacing sneaker (known colloquially as power lacing). It was a neat little speculative touch to better bring home that Marty wasn't in the late '80s anymore. If Nike's plans go accordingly, however, it looks as if Marty's shoes will no longer be science fiction.
Nike plans a release of a power-lacing sneaker for the "anniversary" of Back to the Future 2.
During an appearance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab space in New Orleans earlier today, designer Tinker Hatfield was asked about the possibility of seeing power lacing next year, and his answer may surprise you.
"Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!" said Hatfield
Hatfield did not elaborate on whether these power laces would appear on a standard sneaker, or perhaps an updated Nike MAG, the 2011 sneaker that replicated almost every aspect of the movie's version (see below). The Nike MAG was also a limited edition. According to SoleCollector,
Nike produced Marty McFly's fictional high-top from Back to the Future II and auctioned off 1,500 pairs on eBay, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In the end, sneaker fans, film aficionados and celebrities spent nearly $6 million to claim a piece of history.
So we don't know how many power-laced sneakers will be produced, or the price point of said sneakers.
But we do know that Nike knows how to celebrate the future-versary of Back to the Future.