Just days after the internet was bombarded with a million articles about “what Back to the Future II got wrong about 2015″, a Nike exec has confirmed that the self-lacing Back to the Future shoe will actually be released this year.
At a trade show in California, Nike’s innovation chief Tinker Hatfield — who actually designed the shoe, known as the Nike Air MAG, for use in Back to the Future II way back in 1989 — confirmed that the shoe will drop this year, but declined to name a date or price.
It probably won’t be anytime soon, as NiceKicks reports that Hatfield reminded the crowd there are still “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015”.
The most likely (and fitting) date for the shoe to drop would be October 21, 2015 — because that’s the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to in Back to the Future II, and that’s when nostalgia for the film will hit fever pitch. (Brother, if you think you’ve seen a lot of Back to the Future listicles already, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.)
If you really want to know how the automatic Power Laces will work, you can browse through the Nike MAG 2015 US Patent Papers, which NiceKicks has posted here.