'Back to the Future' Nike power-lace shoes may go on sale this year

'Back to the Future'-style power-lace shoes may go on sale sooner than you think

That’s heavy, Doc.

Tinker Hatfield, one of Nike’s most well-known and popular designers, announced recently that the coveted power-lace shoe, as seen in “Back to the Future: Part II,” may be available as soon as this year, according to the sneaker blog Nice Kicks.

Hatfield confirmed the likely release date in 2015 for the Nike Mag, also known as the Marty McFly shoe, at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Nice Kicks reported.

Neither the exact date of release, nor price of the shoe, was discussed. 

The patent papers for the lacing system have been filed and show how it would work.

A weight sensor in the sole of the shoe would trigger the mechanism to activate the laces, according to the patent papers.

Nike could not be reached for comment.

Technically, the Mag has been released before, albeit without working power laces.

In 2011, 1,500 pairs of the shoe were auctioned on EBay, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research to fight Parkinson's disease.

Fans of the “Back to the Future” trilogy know that a 2015 release would be huge, as the main characters, Marty and Doc, travel to that year in the second movie. That's when they encountered power laces and the beloved hoverboard -- which people are also trying to make real.  

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