Nike Sends Michael J. Fox First pair of 'Back to the Future' Self-Tying Shoes
The first person to receive a pair of the company's "Back to the Future" self-lacing shoes is the franchise's star Michael J. Fox, according to a Nike designer.
Nike Shoe designer Tinker Hatfield writes in a letter to Michael J. Fox: "As the first, most celebrated wearer, we wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair,". Fox tweeted a photo of the letter where Hatfield also states that Nike is creating "more pairs for support in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2016."
In a small PS note at the bottom, Hatfield writes "If my calculations are correct...your pair should be with you shortly"
A spokesman for Nike would only say that a pair of the self-lacing Nike Mag shoes worn by Marty McFly in the 1989 film "Back to the Future II" is in New York City today -- but declined to comment further.
A Nike representative did not respond immediately to a request for comment about the letter to Fox.
Yesterday, Nike's official Twitter account tweeted at Michael J. Fox, "See you tomorrow."
.@realmikefox see you tomorrow.— Nike (@Nike) October 21, 2015
Earlier this year, Nike filed a patent for a "power lace." And in 2009, Nike filed a patent for what it called an "Automatic Lacing System." A year later, an amateur investor created self-tightening laces, originally intended to help the elderly or disabled, through Kickstarter.
In 2011, Nike auctioned 1,500 pairs of Nike Air Mag shoes on eBay after which $4.7 million in proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.