Self-tightening power laces like those worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II (1989) are set to become a reality in 2015, according to Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. Self-tightening power laces might not be quite as cool as a hoverboard or a DeLorean that can travel in time, but they’re a step in the right direction, anyway.
Michael J. Fox made the character of Marty McFly an iconic one who is much-beloved by fans of the Roger Zemeckis-directed Back to the Future franchise. The version of the future he travels to in the Back to the Future movies is not, by far, a perfect one, but it does have some pretty cool inventions, like the self-tightening power laces that Nike inventor Tinker Hatfield is promising will be available starting next year. During an appearance which Hatfield made at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab, he verified that the rumor was true.
Is it just a coincidence that 2015 happened to be the year Marty McFly wore the self-tightening shoes in Back to the Future II? May it’s a case of life imitating art, or just maybe Tinker Hatfield owns a time-traveling DeLorean.
What are self-tightening power laces?
For anyone who has not seen Back to the Future II, the self-tightening power laces that the main character, Marty McFly, wears in the movie are both self-tying and self-tightening. The self-tightening power laces make having to tie your shoe laces into a knot something that is so…2014.
Nike has previously used the Back to the Future movies to inspire shoes they’ve come out with. For instance, in 2011, the Nike company came out with a limited edition run of only 1,500 pairs of shoes called the Nike MAGs. They were designed to look just like Marty McFly’s shoes, though they didn’t have, admittedly, self-tightening power laces.
These Air MAGs were all auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Parkinson’s research foundation began by Michael J. Fox. The sneakers sold anywhere from $10,000 to $90,000 a pair, with the most expensive pair fetching an incredible $6 million.
The Air MAGs had upper soles made of reinforced mesh, while their outer soles were lined with LED panels that would light up. The LED panels were rechargeable and would stay lit up for a maximum of 5 hours before they’d need to be recharged. Each pair also had, in the strap, an electroluminescent Nike Logo.
The Nike self-tightening power laces was one of the most interesting news items of the past NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Tinker Hatfield was not specific about if the self-tightening power laces would appear on an updated model of Nike MAGS or if they’ll be first introduced an an entirely different series of Nike sneakers. Either way, they are sure to make a major impact on the sneaker industry.
To commemorate Back to the Future‘s 30th anniversary, there will be a musical based on the flick that will the London stage in 2015. there’s no word yet on whether or not whoever plays Marty McFly will have on Nikes complete with the self-tightening power laces.
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Marty McFly’s Self-tightening Shoelaces from Back to the Future II