Christina Wolfgram
October 21, 2015 4:57 pm

Back to the Future Day has been awesome, am I right? It’s not every Wednesday that we get to dedicate an entire 24 hours to one of everybody’s favorite movies, comparing a fictional 2015 to the one we’re currently living. As Doc Brown said in a statement this morning, “The future has finally arrived. Yes, it is different than we all thought” – as in none of us own hoverboards or flying cars or any other form of transportation that defies gravity – “but don’t worry. It just means your future hasn’t been written yet.” Dang, Doc, pull my heartstrings a little why don’t ya.

It’s true, the future is still ours to create, and one designer at Nike was so inspired by the 2015 of Back to the Future Part II that he brought one of the movie’s inventions to life, just in time for it to be delivered to Marty McFly on October 21. Today Michael J. Fox, who immortalized that puffy orange vest, shared images of himself putting on the first ever pair of self-lacing Nike shoes. They might even be more awesome than the pair in the movie.

According to this video, the sneakers go on like a normal pair, but tighten at the push of a green button. To loosen them, just press the red button. No tying necessary. Doesn’t get much more futuristic than that, my friends!

In a personal note to Marty, I mean Michael, the Nike Mag’s designer, Tinker Hatfield revealed that he’s, “proud to turn … fiction into fact.” For those of you who are chomping at the bit to get your own pair, brace yourselves: it’s happening — just maybe not for another year or so. However, when the Mags become widely available, Tinker and Nike have come up with an amazing idea for what to do with the bajillions of dollars they are going to make selling them: “In addition to your personal pair,” the note says, “we’re creating more pairs for support in aid of The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2016.” So, the future has not only arrived, but it looks like the future is also full of hope.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation funds research for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, which Michael J. Fox has been battling since 1991. Power laces and a fantastic cause? The future sounds like a pretty cool place to be, and we can keep working to make it even better. As Doc reminded us today, “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” Will do, Doc. Will do.  

(Image via here.)