(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — The mythical Nike MAG – the futuristic, light-up, athletic shoe from 2015 that has captured the fascination of sneakerheads and movie fans ever since Marty McFly donned a pair in “Back to the Future Part II” in 1989 — is finally a reality.
The footwear, which was unveiled by Nike in Los Angeles Thursday, comes with a couple of caveats. First, they lack the self-lacing mechanism depicted in the film. Second, there are only 1,500 pairs in existence. Third, they can only be bought via auction through E-Bay.But the good news is that the auction of the shoes will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund Parkinson’s disease research. That will amount to no small chunk of change given that a small ceramic replica in a box signed by Nike’s vice president of innovation, design and special projects, brought in $3,500, and a pair of the Nike MAGs packaged in a bright yellow packing case (which will be personally signed by Michael J. Fox — Marty McFly himself) fetched $37,500 in just eight minutes of frenzied bidding at a live auction Thursday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood.
The centerpiece of that event — which included appearances by actor Christopher “Doc Brown” Lloyd and Tinker Hatfield (who designed the shoes that appeared in the original film)- – was the reveal of the shoes themselves in all their glowing LED and electroluminescent glory.-