“Back to the Future”-Style Self-Lacing Nike Sneakers Could Arrive in 2015

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Looks like Marty McFly’s self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future II might be arriving right on schedule—at least, if Nike designer Tinker Hatfield isn’t just joshing us. Speaking at a a press conference in New Orleans on Friday, the man behind many iconic Nike shoe designs affirmed that the so-called “power laces,” which made a memorable appearance in the 1989 movie’s fictional 2015 universe, could be a reality next year. “Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say yes!” Hatfield was quoted by Sole Society as saying. Nike hasn’t given its official word on the matter, but the futuristic kicks aren’t beyond the realm of possibility.

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GREAT SCOTT!

In 2009, the sportswear giant filed a patent for an “automatic fastening system” composed of a set of straps that “automatically [open and close] to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper.”

PHOTOS | Great Scott! Nike Releases “Back to the Future” Sneaker for Charity Auction

Two years later, Nike auctioned 1,500 replicas of the trainers, albeit with old-fashioned manual laces. All proceeds ($6 million, or roughly $4,000 per pair) benefited the Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which Michael J. Fox, who portrayed McFly in the time-travel trilogy, founded after he was diagnosed with the disease.

Can’t wait until 2015? You can make your own less-polished version by following San Francisco-based inventor Blake Bevin’s directions on Instructables. Bevin’s 2010 Kickstarter campaign noted that self-lacing shoes aren’t just cool for cool’s sake; they could also improve the life of individuals with motor disabilities.

Next stop, hoverboards?

[Via the Daily Mail]

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