Thursday, September 8, 2011

Get your hands on some McFly kicks

As we swiftly approach the year 2015, the setting for the bitchin' Back to the Future II, it's starting to become painfully obvious that science is simply not delivering on the promises we were made by Robert Zemeckis. I see no hoverboards. I see no one-size-fits-all jackets. I see no 3D movie promotions where I feel in danger of being eaten by a shark. I WANT TO FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO BE EATEN BY A SHARK, SCIENCE!

Luckily, the good people at Nike have come to our rescue.

Nike have released the Magnetic Anti Gravity 2011 (MAG for short) shoes onto ebay, and while there's no word on their actual anti-gravity OR magnetic status, all proceeds are going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, so they're pretty awesome regardless.

Only 1500 pairs are being released, so you can imagine the prices these things have been getting to. The bulk look to be around $5000 with 23 hours remaining on the auctions, but there's some that have already topped the $10k mark. Check out the listings here.

I was initially super excited when I read about these shoes, and I was curious as to what sort of mechanism they'd have to make the shoes fit like in the movies. Sadly, they aren't self-lacing. SCIENCE FAIL. They look like they're just going to be elastic, which is fine, but....UGH. Way to break my heart, Nike (but then, way to distract me with shiny rainbow lights). Also, let's be fair, while these shoes are a wonderful pop culture nod, they are horrendously ugly. I am quite a fan of garish hi-top shoes, but even if I could afford a pair of these I'd never wear them.

But on the plus side, if you saw someone in the street with these it'd practially be a green light to steal their wallet. They clearly have too much money, it's only fair they share it with the poor people that don't have LEDs in their sneakers.

You can check out a couple of promo videos over at SFX, which include a few familiar faces!

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