Of all the futuristic technology imagined in Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nike sneakers have remained one of those items that fans of the movie (and legions of sneaker nerds) have always hoped would become a reality.
Today is that day. It’s October 21, 2015, the future date that McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels to in order to save his as-yet unborn kids, and after months of rumors, a Nike spokesperson has told Quartz that the first pair of self-lacing Nike Mag shoes is on the ground in New York City.
Quartz will update this post with details and images as they become available. As of now, it’s believed that the shoes will be released via eBay auction, with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The foundation conducts research on Parkinson’s Disease, which the actor suffers from.
If that’s the case, the auctions should easily bring in millions. Last time Nike released the Mags was 2011, also via eBay auctions. Nike raised $4.7 million, which was matched by another charitable organization dedicated to Parkinson’s research, bringing the total up to $9.4 million.
It was the most hyped sneaker event of the year, if not the decade, and that was for a version of the sneakers that didn’t offer the most futuristic and desirable feature dreamed up in Back to the Future Part II: the self-lacing “power laces.” The sneakers have actually been in the works since at least 2005, and Nike filed a patent for an automatic lacing system in 2009.