Just one of the self-lacing Nike sneakers worn by Michael J Fox’s character Marty McFly in Back to the Future II has sold for nearly $100,000 on eBay. The single left shoe, which has disintegrated badly and comes with the pieces that have crumbled off, had 220 bids when it sold for $92,100 on Monday. The shoe was in such poor condition that the seller noted on the auction page that it wouldn’t be able to withstand shipping and instead had to be collected from Portland, Oregon. It featured a plastic outsole that had started to separate, as well as a crumbling midsole. The pieces that had fallen off the shoe were preserved in a small plastic container to be given to the buyer. The vintage Nike Mag shoe, famous for its self-lacing ability on screen, was created for Fox to wear in the 1989 film. In Back to the Future II, Marty and Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown travel to the futuristic 2015 where shoes feature power laces. The prop, which did not actually have self-lacing abilities in real life, had been part of a Nike employee’s personal collection in Portland before it was auctioned off. Funds raised from the shoe sale will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation – the charity he launched after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1991. In 2011, a version of the sneaker was released so 1,500 pairs could be auctioned off on eBay to raise money for Fox’s foundation. Those shoes, however, did not have the power-lace capability. Fans did get some functioning power-lacing shoes in 2016 when 89 pairs were made by Nike and The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Nike filed for the automatic lacing system patent back in 2013.
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