Speaking at the #AgendaEmerge conference in Long Beach California this week, Tinker Hatfield, who designed the Nike MAG sneaker Marty McFly wore in "Back to the Future 2," said his team is working as hard as possible to release a line of the "power lace" shoes this year. No details yet on pricing, but given that they actually lace up by themselves, they're not likely to be cheap.
The release date is a poignant one: 2015 is the year Marty McFly and Doc Brown are sent back to in the 1989 film.
Here's what Marty McFly's Nike sneakers looked like in the movie 26 years ago.
And here's how they'll look in reality.
Nice Kicks has some more on how the power laces will actually work, based on Nike's US patent filing.
The mechanism is housed in the midsole of the shoe and is activated using a button on the outside, which sets off a kind of cog and pulley system:
Nice KicksIt's not the first time Nike has attempted to bring the Back to the Future shoes into the 21st century. Back in 2011 Nike auctioned off 150 pairs of the self-fastening, glowing sneakers to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Winning bids reached more than $5,000.