On Back to the Future Day, Michael J. Fox became the first owner of a real-life, working pair of the Nike Air Mag sneakers he famously donned in the series’ second installment.
In a heart-warming BttF Day tale, the Nike designer, who envisioned the original pair, Tinker Hatfield wrote to the actor celebrating ‘turning science fiction into fact.’
Within the note, Hatfield revealed more pairs will be going on sale next year in the hope of raising more money for the actor’s Parkinson’s disease foundation.
Nike and the Michael J. Fox foundation raised $9.4 million in 2011 by selling the Nike Air Mag shoes on eBay.
However, the next iteration will be the real deal, featuring the iconic self-tying technology that made the Air Mag the most famous pair of shoes never to exist.
The letter (pictured), posted on Twitter by the Marty McFly actor, reads: “Almost thirty years ago we embarked on a journey to create a glimpse into “the future.”
“Although the project started as science fiction, we’re now proud to turn that fiction into fact. As the first, most celebrated wearer of the Nike Air Mag we wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair.”
Hatfield goes on to say: “In addition to your personal pair, we’re creating more pairs for support in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2016.
“We hope that the combined effort will raise even more than the $9.4 million collected in 2011 and contribute in some way to eliminating Parkinson’s Disease in our lifetime!”
The 2016 iteration of the shoe is likely to be super limited edition
and harder to come by than a copy of Gray’s Sports Almanac, so if you
want some of those power laces, you’’d better start saving your pennies