February 17, 2014
Marty McFly Power Laces Coming Soon
This is one for tech fans, movie geeks and fashion lovers alike. Marty McFly’s self-tying power laces from Back to the Future Part II (1989) are looking like they are becoming a reality in 2015, the year that Michael J. Fox’s character said they were from in the movie.
The laces self-tie at the push of a button, saving McFly vital seconds when he is about to use the DeLorean time machine. They are part of his Nike Air Mags, which already became a reality in 2011 when Nike made 1500 replica pairs. They were auctioned off and raised a huge amount of money for Michael J Fox’s charity for Parkinson’s disease, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Despite the excitement that the Nike Air Mags generated, some were disappointed they didn’t feature the self-tying laces. Evidently, though, Nike were just waiting for 2015 to come around so they could synch the release nicely with movie history. Sole Collector quotes Nike designer Tinker Hatfield as saying, when asked if we might be seeing power laces next year, “Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!”
A mention should be given also to Blake Bevin, an independent inventor from San Fransicso whose prototype self-tying laces did well on the Kickstarter crowdfunding site in 2010, in conjunction with the Instructables website. The crowdfunding campaign was apparently successful, but for some reason the vast majority of us are not yet in possession of self-lacing shoes. Conflict with a Nike patent may have been an issue. But let’s not get into the nitty gritty of patent law – Marty McFly shoes, woohoo!
80s movies represented the heyday of anything-is-possible fun, and those of us who grew up with them have waited to live in a world where robots and aliens would become everyday companions, and we could be carried about on flying dog-dragons (that’s from NeverEnding Story, in case there is any confusion). The Adidas massive flying dog-dragon has as yet eluded us, but Marty McFly’s Nikes with power laces are probably high on the list of things from movies that many of us children of the 80s would want.
Nostalgia and novelty aside, Blake Bevin said that she was inspired to attempt to create the laces because her grandmother suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and of course Michael J Fox, the real Marty McFly, suffers from the same condition. Something like self-tying laces, activated by a pressure pad in the heel in the case of Blake Bevin’s design, could help to make the lives of people suffering from debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s a little easier.
As for Back to the Future fans, we are yet to find out if Nike’s power laces will be part of some new Nike Air Mags or part of a different model, but the possibility of the complete Marty McFly sneaker package will soon not need a flux capacitor to reach.