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Harry here...   Here's a Frank Marshall directed commercial with DOC BROWN about these shoes:





Merrick again, again...

With a bit more detail about the BACK TO THE FUTURE shoe auction.  

The shoes DO NOT feature power laces - but they DO light up.  Spectacularly so.  

The eBay auction begins at 8:30PM PST tonight (don't forget to adjust for your time zone), and runs through September 18.  

The auction site is  HERE - 150 pairs of shoes will be auctioned on eBay over this ten day period, with "all net proceeds going directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research."   

More details about the shoes, and their auction, can be found HERE.  

Finally, here's a shot from MJF's appearance on tonight;s LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.   This is pretty awesome - and puts a lump in my throat, all things considered.  


I fully genuinely..Fox's efforts in this cause. Alas, the auction nature of eBay will likely escalate the costs of these shoes beyond most Geek's ability to afford them...almost certainly beyond my own capacity.  But a hearty "rock on!" to those who manage to snag a pair, and more power to Michael J. Fox as well.  Best of luck to all with this way cool undertaking...

Thanks once more to CDarko, by the way...




Merrick again...

Seems those badass BACK TO THE FUTURE shoes are being produced in an extremely limited quantity (1500), and being auctioned on eBay to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research.  

Details via NiceKicks, HERE.  Thanks to CDarko for the heads up.  

Further details as we learn more.  






Merrick here...


First off, this article will be updated as we hear more.  So check back & stay tuned.  

Late last year we learned that Nike had filed for a patent for self-lacing footwear, evidently akin to to the shoes featured in 1989's BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II


To Geeks like us, the immediate implications of this patent were obvious...Nike should make some self-lacing, lighty-uppy Marty McFly shoes.  

However, in the entertainment/product industries, such cross-connects aren't always fully realized - and more often than not don't come about at all.  Thus, the notion of McFly/BTTF2 shoes remained a shameful and frivolous little hope, tucked away in that dark, lonely chamber of our inner-most dorkitude -  where yearnings for things like TARDISes, teleportation devices, easy-to-use jetpacks, and super-sexy-servant-cyborgs remain perpetually unfulfilled.

Well, perhaps it's time to haul our dreams of McFly shoes into the light at long last.  Yesterday on his Twitter stream, BTTF producer Frank Marshall teased that "something big is coming soon,"  then...a few hours later...launched a second tweet calling followers' attention this this video:  


THIS article at NiceKicks pointedly reinforces Nike's BACK TO THE FUTURE intentions, offering  pictures of the metal glasses that were included with a private invitation to an event/reveal planned for occur tonight.  Interestingly, and almost certainly not coincidentally, Michael J. Fox is scheduled to appear on David Letterman this evening as well. 

All of this via a,  NiceKicks, AICN readers Giacomo and Alexander, and ComingSoon.  

Last night, my pre-bedtime conversation with my significant other went pretty-much like this:  


ME:  Do you remember BACK TO THE FUTURE II?  

HER:  Sorta.  

ME:  It's the future one. 

HER:  Yeah.  The skateboards.  

ME:  Yes.  Do you remember Michael J. Fox's shoes in that movie?  

HER: No. 

ME:  They lit-up.  And self-laced.  

The weight in her voice is palpable.  

HER (a bit more abruptly now):  OK.  

ME:  Nike's making them for real.  I think.  

I show her the video.  

HER (still dispassionate): OK.  

ME:  Would you still love me if I wore self-lacing BACK TO THE FUTURE shoes that lit-up?  

HER:  You could wear them to bed and we could fuck like bunnies.  

ME (awesome!):  Really!?  

HER:  No.

ME:  OK, so what about wearing them elsewhere?  

As unconvincing as anyone could possibly be.  In a detached, snarky church-lady sorta way...

HER: Of course. That would be fine.  


At that point I figured it might be best to let her sleep on it for a while, and try again when we woke up this morning.  Certainly, some rest and a nice breakfast would clear her head and re-ignite her undoubtedly fond memories of BACK TO THE FUTURE II and its lighty-uppy self-lacing shoes.

At breakfast, I tried again...


ME: So about those shoes...would you still love me if I wore them?  

HER: We talked about that already.  


And that was it.  Nothing else. 


The woman, or the self-lacing, lighty-uppy BACK TO THE FUTURE Marty McFly shoes?  

'Tis a difficult choice to be sure, but in the end the choice is really quite simple and obvious, albeit painful.  And, after all, whatever happens is my density.  As soon as the shoes become available for pre-order, I'll update this piece with more information - dutifully telling AICN readers how, and where, and when these amazing  shoes can be found so that everyone can get their orders in as quickly as possible.  

But only after I've procured a pair for myself.  



— follow Merrick on Twitter ! ---

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  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Merrick, do you make any money of your own?

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    If you do, just go buy them (WHEN they are released, IF they are real). Sometimes a man have to boy up and be a manboy...

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a huge waste of time , money and resources

    by Monolith_Jones

    Those sneakers were never cool, not even in the film

  • Just sayin.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    After all, whatever my density.

    by Rob

    Bravo Merrick....

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Sounds like an outstanding waste of time, money, and resources

    by Smartacus

    The time has come for these shoes. I'm in. I don't care what they cost. In classic Will Smith mode "I GOT TO GET ME SOME OF THESE!"

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    You made the right choice my friend....

    by Thakgor

    Women come and go, but lighty-up, self-lacing Marty McFly shoes only get made once. Pimping those shoes you should be able to get all the pussy you want anyway.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I hope they look 'exactly' like the film ones anything else would be a dissapointment.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    what if the motor goes wild and crushes your feet?

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by Nuck81

    Must you fat momma's basement nerds shit on everything?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    and we need the jacket with the weird speak and spell robot voice.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    in the future

    by deelzbub

    they still have grid-style drop ceilings.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Merricks relationship crumbles

    by klytusnotdead

    and the geeks rejoice, I predict they fly like pancakes, keep us updated.end of line.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Coming Summer 2015. Along with Jaws 19.

    by kidicarus

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Nuck I'm neither g

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Merrick. 3 words.

    by Grando

    Man the fuck up.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    So actual Hoverboards are too much to hope for?

    by mdk


  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Merrick your so lucky! My woman talks sooooooo much more.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    cool but

    by vicmackey1268

    I agree that the self-fitting/drying coat is cooler..and the shoes were always ugly, even if they self-laced....but yes I would still buy them just never wear them and place them in a glass box next to my Back to the Future Blurays and my DeLorean replicas

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I can't get her to shut up!

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT THEY SELF-LACE....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Rob


  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Nuck I'm not fat and I live in an apartment with my wife

    by Monolith_Jones

    I'm also not a nerd since I don't blindly fawn over everything that has to do with genre films. The irony is sweet though. " you don't think self lacing sneakers from a sci-fi movie are cool?? NERD!" Now if this was the hoverboard, yeah that'd be cool.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Woman are a giant waste of time and resources.

    by shutupfanboy

    Shoes are not. Cliff Clavin's speech in the finale episode of Cheers sums up why we need good shoes. Women especially ones who don't know the BTTF trilogy are not worth it.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    This will be a day long remembered!

    by eric haislar

    Now get me one of those self fitting and drying jackets.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Not likely to be as expected

    by happybunni

    I think they'll be like.... some sort of a pump. There is no way they would waste the money making those shoes exactly.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Two words Merrick

    by auraboy

    Get the joke. But seriously, get the Trainers. I've been waiting for these since I saw them as a tiny child who got my first skateboard after seeing the McFly skillz. I was just literally talking about these the other day. I have no idea why they popped into my head. It must be a premonition. I can see the future!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    They made the swirly colored caps from BTTF 2 for awhile.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Looks like you can still get various versions on eBay.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Shoes you don't have to tie!!!!!

    by eric haislar

    The future is here!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird flying cars, but yes to power-lacing silver shoes with moonboot-like stylings? Oh, well.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    They had shoes you didn't have to tie

    by Cobb05

    Remeber, i think they were nikes, that it had a disc that you turned to tighten the shoe. And who could forget the Pump sneakers. I think a lot of rich people will buy these sneakers cause they're obviously going to cost a lot.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I want them

    by dvdmike

    So badly its untrue

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah...

    by UltimaRex

    Where's the flying cars? Wake me when <i>that</i> happens. Esp. when they figure out how to do it to an Ariel Atom. I love Ariel Atoms.

  • Or a Santa Claus that dances to Bobby Helms.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Behind McFly's closet are 500,000 sweatshop workers...

    by justmyluck

    ... wishing they were back in 1985.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    There will never be flying cars.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Because it's a horrible idea. You think traffic accidents are bad now, think of the nightmare that would happen when cars start falling from the sky.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    power laces or pussy...?

    by RamboJohnJ

    Merrick - as a wise man once said 'ditch the bitch.'

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    kids cant do math these days because of calculators


    now they dont even have to dress themselves. fuck this getting off. i'll be back when porn is downloaded into the mind ala BRAINSTORM.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    No, you are wrong. Those shoes WERE fucking cool in the film. And you ARE pissing on something cool. SO you deserve any shit heaped on you. Would I wear them now? No. But that doesn't take away from the fact that they are fucking cool. SO take your 'waste of resources" bullshit and go piss on something else. Twat. And yes, it would also be awesome if they could produce a hoverboard.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Merrick, my friend...

    by Mo_Rephus

    If your significant other makes you choose between shoes you want and her, there's a problem. My wife would want to know the price of them first (we make financial decisions together after discussing the matter) and then, if they were reasonable, she'd tell me to go ahead and order them...regardless of whether she liked them or not, understood the concept or not...and whether or not they'd be somehow embarrassing to her would never enter the equation. She'd want me to have them even if she thought they were ridiculous. Why? Because she loves ME. That love is non-conditional and it's a two lane street. Our love is not dictated by our pride, vanity or egos. If you truly love someone, you'll want to do whatever makes them happy.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    shoes you don't have to tie...

    by RamboJohnJ

    isn't that velcro?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I was going to buy new Nikes. Now I'll wait.

    by davidwebb

    Four years until I can wear these on a hoverboard, right?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    The flying driving test would be a bastard to pass!

    by TheManWhoCan

    "Sorry you havent passed this time, unfortunately you hit 2 hover cones”<p> Planes dont stay in the air these days. BTW i've been told this by numerous people over the years<p> "NEVER EVER get an internal flight in Russia"

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Re: isn't that velcro?

    by bah

    But you have to be able to reach your feet to use that. Most people in the market for this shoe aren't able to do that.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    That was mean, sorry.

    by bah

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Remember, Frank Marshall...

    by THEE Miracleman soon as the accident happened right in front of him on the Twilight Zone movie, he turned around, drove off the set, and left the country. For several years. He was the legal link to Spielberg knowing about the kids on the set after legal hours, and as long as he couldn't be served papers to testify... well, you get the idea. No respect for Frank Marshall.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Google or youtube Ariel Atom and guess if I'm kidding or not.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    There is no arch support

    by MacReady452

    You can't do a cross over or a fade away jumper in them. They will only last a month before the lacing rig fucks up or the lights shit out. Fuck it though. I want to be the envy of the basement level IT guys.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex


  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    ultimarex, that thing's more like a Formula 1 than a regular car

    by rev_skarekroe

    If one of those flew you might as well call it an airplane.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Frank Marshal pulled a Peter O'toole Stuntman move

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    " we could fuck like bunnies "

    by D.Vader

    Hah, yeah right.

  • Nike is churning them out with chinese children freshly bathed in the seepings of a billion junked computers as we speak

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Power laces! Cool. The future is all about cheap Chinese labor

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Puma disc system. ... I have no idea why I remember them...

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Chinese gotta make back their billions somehow.

    by MacReady452

    aint like we pay back our debts in this country.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I don't care how much these cost i'm getting some.

    by billyhitchcock1

    Life is complete.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Just gimme da hoverboard with jet engines already

    by UltraTron

  • I hope these look less like the L.A. GEAR they do in the vid though.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Nike doesn't deserve a patent

    by spidercoz

    If 2001 stands as prior art for the design of the iPad, BTTF2 stands as prior art for power laces.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    I'm confused, is this your girlfriend or your Mom you're asking if you can get these shoes? Seriously, unless you have no money of your own, or no balls of your own, why the fuck are you asking permission? What a pussy. I saw BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II opening night 1989 at the Westgate Theater in Beaverton, Oregon. Which is the city where Nike was founded and has their World Campus. That night there was a kid there that was wearing these shoes, his Dad was an executive at Nike and had given him a prototype pair to wear to the movie. As you can imagine, they caused quite the commotion in the line. Good times. Nike generally sells their high end specialty shoes for close to $200. That's what the Air Jordan 17's that came in a metal case, and the original Nike Pumps with the separate pump and special plastic case cost. I would think these will sell for a similar price.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    merrick, that's just a sad, pathetic story

    by spidercoz

    was your an arranged marriage by any chance?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Gonna layeth the smacketh down... on your candy asses

    by Nick

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Roody Poo, Candy Ass...

    by Nick

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    You're a little late

    by rahtard

    To the sneaker game. Nike has done the Marty McFly thing before, and they have openly talked about doing this since the movie was made, and hinted that they were close when they released the hyperdunks. Companies get the ideas from movies they are involved in a lot of times. I worked in marketing and R&D for a certain eyewear company who was approached to do a pair of sunglasses that had an earpiece for built in communications for Mi:2, this led to the idea to integrate MP3 players in sunglasses to bluetooth integrations to ultimately ipod integrations.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    thee miracleman, Twilight Zone?

    by TheManWhoCan

    Are you sure about that? John Landis directed that section of the movie and Frank Marshall was not a producer of that movie if im correct.<p> Maybe he was visiting on the day? who knows?<p>

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Same bedtime talk

    by SapGoblin

    I asked my wife how I was supposed to get any sleep with anticipation building and my thoughts running wild...She just closed her eyes and drifted away.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Face it...

    by Nasty_Nick

    Women sometimes choose shoes over men. It's time for things to change.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Will be awesome if they don't cost $500

    by alienindisguise

    and fuck asking a woman for permission to do anything..seriously!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    My girlfriend wants them more than I do!

    by Zardoz

    And we're both gonna wear them to bed and fuck like bunnies!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by davidwebb

    Worst thing is, I designed a set of sunglasses/headphones months before MI2 came out. Imagine my horror, browsing a record shop only to see a flyer for said product from said eyewear company. To say I was bitter would be putting it mildly.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I say designed. It was an art project before I left school.

    by davidwebb

  • Because they're fucking BACK TO THE FUTURE SELF LACING SHOES!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    would love to be cynical, but they're the best boots i've ever seen.

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I thought that when I was nine, and I still think that now. They tapped into something there. I know thirty people who i've nothing in common with anymore who will feel exactly the same. Not that us mortals will be able to afford them. But I don't care. I just like the fact that they're out there.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Buy a Sonic Screwdriver!

    by HornOrSilk

    They can be fun, too. Especially if they work!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Let's be honest Merrick

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    there's a pretty good chance you'll never have sex again anyway. Might as well be happy with your lighty-uppy self-lacing Marty McFly shoes.

  • Two things that I find odd. Warners forced Spielberg's hand to finish his segment after the Morrow accident in 1982, and not too long after he started directing/producing many films for Warners (1984-1990) and kind of abandoned Universal (his first studio home) for a while (other than the occasional project like Amazing Stories). And then Landis ended up making more fa film for Warners (Spies Like Us comes to mind) ain 1985. Wouldn't you think Spielberg would want nothing to do with Warners after they preaty much forced him to go ahead and direct his TZ segment (which by many accounts he wanted the project shelved after the deaths of Morrow and the two children), and that Warners would never want to put out another film directed by Landis (which if I remember correctly Warners had to pay off Morrow's family and the families of the two children).

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Posting stuff that your wife "said" in bed

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Probably more damaging than shoes from a terrible sequel. Time to buy the dancing toaster from Ghostbusters II!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    monolith_jones isn't too far off

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    In that the sneakers they show in the film did look a bit shitty, if not downright lame. Kind of like a pair of slippers really. But if Nike can make them and manage to not have them looking like an overglorified pair of slippers, I'd buy 'em. I don't know if I'd wear them, since I prefer boots, but I'd buy them anyway.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Twilight Zone stuff being brought up here kind of strange

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Considering I just read this article today

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    How about a trouser zipper which zips and unzips by itself

    by KilliK

    whenever you want to take a leak or have a blowjob? Still these news are AWESOME and i want those shoes.prondo.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Poor Timing And Tactics

    by Perigee

    Collectors of the arcane and expensive all know there are two cardinal rules to manchild decadent shopping: 1) Things always 'cost' half as much as you spent. Never Ever Ever Ever tell her what you really paid. Because, somewhere in her head, she's gotten the idea that Your money is Her money, and she can think of 1,000 better ways for it to be spent than on a museum-quality prop replica. Of course, even this rule rarely needs to be remembered, if you remember this one: 2) If you have A Lot Of Stuff, anything new is old. As long as she didn't SEE you bring it in, then it's been there forever. In a closet somewhere: HEY! Look what I found today! Your junk doesn't matter enough to them to keep close track of it. I've spent over 5,000 bucks in high-end crap that she just accepts as being from the back of the coat closet. ~What's that?~ ~Ooooh - that's a brown bess HGC Aliens Pulse Rifle Replica! Uh, I just found it in the back of the closet; it was always too big to put out before... I just thought I'd try it out here...~ ~Uh. It's ugly.~ ~Yeah. But it goes with the rugs...~

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Merrick, you're a pussy with no balls...and you have PMS

    by Billy_D_Williams

    i guess your woman has them in a mason jar under the sink? is she your woman or your mother? PMS = pussified male syndrome

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I just want Biff's cane with the fist on the end.

    by sweeneydave

    And maybe the color changing rainbow hat. It's not gay. It's what everyone in 1989 thought the future would like. Okay, it's a little gay.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by LT Weezie

    Sounds great but bring your wallet...I wonder if they would have components you could replace instead of tossing the entire shoe when parts wear out...we shall see!!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Yes because tying your shoes is such a hardship

    by Rupee88

    This is a stupid product for stupid people who also happen to have money to burn.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    In the future, trousers do not need zippers.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    '89 Batboots next Nike!

    by UltimaRex

    I'd buy them. No question.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Bad idea, how will it know how tight or loose it should be?

    by Victor

    This is just an unnecessary gimmick.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by Rob


  • Sept. 8, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I'd rather have a hoverboard.

    by F-18

    I can tie my own shoes. I can't float above the ground.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    yep, only the rich will have them.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    gutted doesn't come close.

    by billyhitchcock1

    i reckon i would spilled £500/$800 for them, but this is gonna run in to the thousands.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    good cause...

    by vicmackey1268

    bad luck for us poor people... I love that money is going to charity but I hate that I'm never going to be able to outbid some rich kid who's daddy is like "meh, $1000, happy birthday son"..

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    ainitcool buys a few and gives them to awesome people who make viewing this site and posting comments without being a namecaller and super immature a part of their daily routine and understand that a poor, out of work, college grad who can't get the police job he wants because of budget cuts just really wants to add this to his collection because he eats, sleeps, and breathes movies but can never afford the cool stuff collectors buy... idk...a kid can dream....and my girlfriend says I can have them.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1

    ...amen to that sir.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    So in summary, we still don't have flying cars.

    by HapaPapa72

    Just checking.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, where is the excitement in this?

    by nomihs

    After reading the link by billyhitchcock, I can't get too excited for these shoes. Sure they will look like the ones from the movie, but no power laces? C'mon, that's why people are getting such a hard on for these things. I've seen fanmade shoes with power laces that make the idea seem likely, but not for another few years I guess. Good cause though, but like Heston says in True Lies, "This is not blowing my skirt up. "

  • grow a pair would ya. It's just a fucking pair of shoes. Your not raiding the kids college fund. Be a man.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    it's sad but true...

    by vicmackey1268

    I'm really not lying, I live with my gf in Champaign IL as she goes to Med School which costs about $54,000/year...I can't get into a police department even though I do well on interviews, have a NIPSTA card, and get 95%'s on written tests, only because places just aren't hiring...right now I'm contemplating accepting a pt time security job for $10/hr just so I can start paying off some debt but my 4 year bachelor's degree in Law isn't really doing much for me and I can't afford to go to Law I apply all day and watch/review movies, and research cars, electronics, gadgets, all so when someone asks my opinion I can give them the best possible answer and not have them buy something/watch something they'll have problems with...yup... My shoe size is 14...just thought I'd throw that in there, even though I'd rather find out Michael J Fox's shoe size and get those so it would be as replica as possible when I display them....

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    So they're basically just Supras then?

    by drewlicious

    They're pretty much the same thing except for the power laces. But then again nobody actually ties those things anyway.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    *Backs away from the table* Well guys, I'm out.

    by Kamaji

    As some have said, these things are gonna fetch more than many of us can afford. I guess I'll just be content with my Sunstar DeLorean model, my Blu-Ray trilogy set, and my original DVD trilogy autographed by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Lloyd.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    That's awesome! I will never own a pair

    by eric haislar

    But nice way to raise some money.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The one time in my life I will quote Jack Black...

    by DougMcKenzie

    Give her a kick in the cunt!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Then again, I can't raise shit for Parkinsons.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    What a classy gal. What awesome shoes.

    by Mephisto the Great

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    My wife had the same reaction when I told her...

    by Namssorg

    I was going to build a Ghostbusters proton pack. "Will it work?" No. "Then what do you want to make it for?" So I can HAVE it.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Merrick is hetro?

    by RedChief

    ...who would have guessed.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    What are you people pussy whipped?

    by Mugato5150

    Buy what you want, no matter how gay it seems like to the rest of the world. And what's with these celebrities who catch something and immediately start a foundation for it? It just seems disingenuous.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by MurderMostFowl

    I wouldn't mind having the future cop car from that movie. IIRC it was pretty badass

  • To quote Jack Sparrow: 'I couldn't resist, mate.'

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I want hoverboards

    by Pipple

    enough with those retarded rollerblade-skateboards you stupid kids keep riding like you're on a tight rope, just inches away from cracking your skulls open. what dumbass parent bought you that?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I'm sure the ten year-old Chinese kids...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...who get paid $1.50 a day to make these shoes are honoured to by invovled with this.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    And what does SHE compromise on? Probably nothing.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Ernie Cline will need these to go with his delorean. Someday soon he'll likely also own the corpse of Christopher Lloyd. The only other shoes I've ever wanted to own are Haunted Mansion shoes. Harry's got those too.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    perigee ...Brilliant and true!

    by Quake II

    I bought an AR-15 for 800.00 as an impulse buy at a gun show years ago and snuck it in the house while my wife was out. I slipped it into my old rifle case and acted like I had always owned it. Chicks only react if they SEE it coming in the door.

  • Can't wait.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Flying cars will probably exist within thirty years

    by Sardonic

    we just won't be driving them directly.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    HA---so basically I'll be an elderly man before I can get behind the wheel of a flying car. Watch out, skies.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I want Marty McFly Junior's hat.

    by Mel

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    We'd better not ever get flying cars.

    by Mugato5150

    People can't drive in 2D. I'm not looking forward to it raining automobiles because some dumb cunt is texting. If flying cars do come out, it'll be something we wish we could un-invent like VX gas and Twitter.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    No power laces????!!!!

    by runaway_brain

    Then what's the point???

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I would rather....

    by vicmackey1268

    have organizations buy these and then give them to their top performers...the businesses can afford them and would use them to make their own efforts to boost the efforts of their workforce... either way it's much better than the rich stuck up kid living in a mansion complaining that the Kardasians have a show about them and his daddy hasn't bought one for him yet...

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    No power laces (sound of wind being sucked out of sails)

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    For some reason, I believed the shoe company wizards had devised a safe way of making this work without crushing someone's ankle bones. What do I know? I also totally bought into the whole CNN hologram thing. I WANT TO BELIEVE!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Will it work?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    THANKS...for nothing...

    by bma2192

    ...if these shoes are limited and being auctioned off, there's no way a "fan" like me could ever hope to participate in this event. I would have loved paying a premium price for the shoes, knowing that the money is going to a good cause--and knowing that its supporting MJF in his efforts to raise money for that cause-- but this event is designed to keep me out. I've gladly taken pics with the car at shows, simply to support what's going on--so if you would say to me that I could be a part of it at any time by simply donating more money, I can tell you that I already have on more than a few accounts...and my budget really can't afford to, but it made me feel good to help and I feel a connection to the people involved because of the movies-- I really thought that the shoes were FINALLY a way of giving the fans something back-- not just the richest two or three hundred of them...and hey, if Im just misinformed and they actually plan to come out to the mass market, then I certainly take my words back, but the way I read it, fans like me are just getting left out in the cold on this one. --Im just saying, it would have been nice--

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Seriously, did she actually say that?

    by UltimaRex

    "Will it work?"... Priceless.

  • And sold them to the masses? OK, the are ugly shoes and probably wouldn't sell outside part of the geek market, but, in principle, wouldn't it raise more money for the cause?

  • SORRY ;P

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    No they can't mass produce them

    by MurderMostFowl

    Maybe they will if it takes off, but come on you were a teen once... the "pay too much for athletic shoes" business caters to a really picky bunch. Hell all it takes is one celebrity to make fun of a model of shoe or to wear something in a video and your market tanks. HOWEVER... 15000 pairs of shoes that count as movie memorabilia and ALL the proceeds are going to a charity founded by someone who is universally loved ( except by Rush Limbaugh as I recall... ) It will be a travesty if this doesn't raise $1M+

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Flying cars that don't fly, self-lacing shoes that don't self-lace ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    This century isn't working out the way I was led to expect. What's next - terminators that don't terminate? Soylent green that's actually made from soy and lentils? Off world colonies that are really on-world?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Talk about being manipulated.......

    by MisterManReturns

    A whole lot of creepy squawking about nothing, all day. Was this intentional???? It is so easy to twist this site around your little finger, these days.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    No Power Laces = Fail

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Wish him luck and hope it's great for the charity

    by Bass Ackwards

    But without the powerlaces they're just a pair of big ugly shoes. Now those Doc Brown metal shades that came with the press release, those would be something worth owning.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    What next? A spoon that is not a spoon.

    by Xen11

    Remake of the Matrix with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Oracle: Oracle (in John Kimble voice) : Spoon? THERE IS NO SPOON !!!!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by KilliK not bad,not bad at all.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Jubba

    FUCK THAT! Cannot ship to Canada so I can't even bid. FUCK THAT SHIT!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Like Jesse Spano...

    by oliveualot

    I was so excited after seeing this commercial last night. I dreamed about my future shoes and me. It was awesome. What was not awesome? Learning that these future shoes would be auctioned off to the wealthy nerds (or wealthy shoe collector guys). Learning they don't have power laces. Wonk. Nike, Frank Marshall, Michael J. Fox: why advertise to everyone just to make the majority of us sad we couldnever own these silly useless non-self-lacing shoes? Why remind us of something so awesome (that maybe we coveted at 8 years-old, and knew time travel wouldn't happen to us, but look at the fucking IPhone, our televisions, the internets.) Was it really too much to expect light-up power-laced shoes? It's as if Mattel made the same commercial and the next day decided that the Hoverboard would not actually hover, they instead would have lights and cost $10,000. Laaaaaame. P.S. Girls like Back to the Future.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I hope i win the euro millions tomorrow

    by kingoflight

    Cos that's the only way i will see a pair. I know it's for a good cause but fuck this is so unfair i mean if they made each one into a fucking raffle then at least i would have had a chance at owning a pair.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    No power laces for a reason

    by bastian1138

    These are the 2011 models, duh. The power laces will be a feature of the 2015 models.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Hopefully South Park mocks this shitty campaign.

    by Puñeta

    So much hype and it turns out the powerless shoes will e for the rich only.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    This talkback is sad

    by Jaka

    Really, really sad.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    is a horrible disease and even though the St. Jude's charity I give to is at least something, I really wish I was able to bid on these shoes for multiple reasons...while, yes, the shoes would look amazing in my room...being able to help get a step closer to finding the cause of the disease would be fantastic...I really do wish I had the money to contribute to those things

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    $75,000 for shoes that you can use... as a paperweight?

    by Zardoz

    LAME! I wonder how many people are going to retract their bids when they find out!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    That Frank Marshall directed commercial is pretty awful

    by Bobo_Vision

    And who's the black guy who can't act. A rapper or a basketball player?

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by bluebottle

    I believe he said that he doesn't take his meds before a public appearance because he's worried about mis-calculating the dose and appearing sluggish. Maybe I'm wrong...

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    bluebottle, I've seen him say that, yes

    by Jaka

    But he's also talked about how does it (not take the medication) because he doesn't want people to think he's OK when he makes these appearances, or to think that the disease is not progressing. Evidently the medication is actually quite powerful, especially when he's having a "good day" with the disease to begin with. That's why he can still act on a limited basis.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    One more "he" and that sentence would make sense

    by Jaka

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Holy mother f'r


    Looks like I'm not gettin a pair o these :p each pair is going for over 3 grand at least!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    quick math...

    by soup74

    if they have 1500 shoes, and each pair sells for about $5000 (which it looks like they're gonna do) thats 7.5 million dollars for the MJF foundation... not too shabby.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Google is doubling the price

    by Xen11

    so MJF Parkinsons foundation would get $15 million

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I'll wait for the 2015s...

    by Lampers

    ...and hopefully they won't cost $7000. If they can keep them around the $500 mark, I'm there!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Between this and the Garbarino Electronics ads...

    by justmyluck

    ... Christoper Lloyd is back in business!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    lot of missed opportunities in this short film clip

    by mynamesdan

    and was Christopher Lloyd fighting to keep his teeth in his mouth, or was I imagining it?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    well they are about $5k so far

    by kingoflight

    not even 12 hours left :(

  • I hate when they shit on the little guy. i know it's for charity but it's still not fair.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    those complaining that it isnt fair....

    by Bouncy X

    since they are releasing these again in 2015 but with actual power laces, wouldnt be surprised if those will be to the general public. probably still in a limited fashion but just be patient and ready to spend a lot....someone already said they are willing to spend 500 for them so see...there are some crazy fans out there after all. :P of course everyone spending 5000+ on these right now will feel like morons in 2015 when they meet people who paid significantly less and theirs actually work. lol

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    I love it!

    by Stale Elvis

    I love it that the manager is reading a Hill Valley Telegraph and that Kevin is wearing a Marty McFly Shirt/T-shirt combo. Oh and the editor's name is Biff. I love BTTF!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Is Christopher Lloyd also the "producer" that I see listed..

    by Mistahtibbs

    ..on some TV shows? Additionally...$4500? Great Scott! Additionally redux...No shipping to Canada? MJF is Canadian for F*CKS sake! Still, I like kingoflight's idea of making it a raffle. Bet they could have sold a million tickets on the internets for $10 each and made a ton more money. A ton! Silly auctions. mt

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    coming soon from Peter Jackson

    by kanye west

    limited edition Frightener inspired sheets. Cut out eye holes not included.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by GeptaOO1

    How I understand the auction, For 10 days, Each day 150 shoes will be auctioned. Your article isn't clear on that

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    That's Hathaway in some commercial, not in DKR!

    by mdk

    Don't be fooled!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    bouncy x

    by Bass Ackwards

    That line was a joke, Back to the Future II took place in 2015. There's no actual plan to release the shoe in 2015.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    If they self-lace, doesn't that make them slippers?

    by ZodNotGod

    Or those idiotic velcro shoes? I knew a guy in high school who wore those fucking things, proudly, without shame well into his 20's. Yes, he was laughed at constantly and with vigor. Maybe I'm in the minority, but the Back to the Future flicks mean nothing to me and I grew up in the 80's.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I love

    by Jack

    that little lick scene of music at the start as he enters with the box... gives me goosebumps every time.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable prices, and they don't lace up?

    by Supermans

    THey should be able to lace themselves for the $5000 price tag..Unbelievable..

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    If these are for charity, does that make them Tax Deductible?

    by DougMcKenzie

    Yay! All of us are subsidizing some rich idiot to get these then!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    powered laces in says the ebay faq's about these

    by alienindisguise

    unless it's a joke. If so, fuck you Nike!

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    dougmckenzie, actually...

    by MurderMostFowl

    IANA Accountant, but... I believe it is indeed tax deductible, as long as MJF's charity is on the IRS list as a charity. The thing is, you get the deduction but you can only deduct the amount that exceeds the fair market value for what you bought. So this is where you have to go see an accountant because, you could say the fiar market value for a "pair of high quality Nike shoes" is something like $100 and maybe the IRS would accept that, but since there's only 1500 of them to be made, and part of a popular culture memorabilia, it might be looked at as a collectors item and be considered more "rare" where as the FMV could be driven up to whatever the average selling price is. So in that case you probably wouldn't be able to deduct much at all.