If you know anything about team SLiNK then you will know that we have a total obsession with footwear. But not just any kind of footwear, oh no. Trainers. And not just any kind of trainers. High Tops. That is right, high tops and boxing boots are our fav, so when we caught a glimpse of these beauties going out via a lottery, this was one limited edition shoe we had to share.
But why are they so special? Well…
Actor Michael J Fox, as the time travelling Marty McFly, wears a pair of Nike Mags for only a few seconds in the hit movie Back to the Future II, but it was enough to captivate the imagination of viewers and turn these futuristic shoes into pop culture icons.
Fast-forward to 2016, only a year after the date in which Back to the Future II is set, and it’s finally possible to buy a pair of Nike Mags.
Nike is releasing a scant 89 pairs of Mags (Back to the Future II was released in 1989). The Nike Mags feature adaptable, self-closing magnetic technology that senses and conforms to the wearer’s foot, just like McFly’s shoes in the movie.
Nike Mags are available via raffle only, with all proceeds going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Fox established his eponymous Foundation in 2000 after revealing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Fox’s stated goal for the foundation is to find a cure as quickly as possible so that the Foundation can close.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disease that will affect one in ten people over the age of 60. Current treatments can mask Parkinson’s symptoms but lose effectiveness over time and do not slow the disease’s progression.
Tickets for the Nike Mag lottery are $10 each and are available online. Players may buy as many tickets as they wish. The more tickets a player buys, the bigger the donation to the cause, and the greater the chance of winning an amazing pair of shoes and pop culture memorabilia.
If you absolutely must have a pair of self-tying Nike Mags just like what Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II, there’s a good chance that a few pairs will make their way to the reseller market. However, if you hope to find a pair of Mags on eBay or sneaker aficionado classifieds, you might want to try your luck at Powerball online first as these sneakers will fetch a premium – because let’s face it, if you literally can’t buy them in the shops, then their resale value is going to be sky high and you’re going to probably need to win the lottery.
This isn’t the first time Nike and the Michael J Fox Foundation have teamed up on a rare shoe release: in 2011 they raised $10 million in ten days via an auction for a shoe that Nike made, without magnetic laces, especially for the Michael J Fox Foundation. 100% of the funds raised at that auction went to furthering Parkinson’s research.