Michael J. Fox wears ‘Back to the Future’ Nike shoes to Kimmel show, and arrives with Doc Brown in a DeLorean
NEW YORK — Michael J. Fox wore a brand new pair of self-lacing “Back to the Future” sneakers to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show Wednesday.
And he didn’t just show up in the futuristic shoes: He arrived on stage as Marty McFly, a passenger in a DeLorean driven by Christopher Lloyd in full Doc Brown mode.
The spectacular arrival was the culmination of Back to the Future Day to mark the date Marty and Doc landed in 2015 in the 1989 “Back to the Future II” film.
The possibility of Nike actually marketing the shoes had sneakerheads and “Back to the Future” fans full of anticipation.
Nike did produce one pair of the shoe and sent it to Fox Wednesday.
The shoe company said it was making additional pairs to be auctioned in 2016 with the money going to support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The foundation does research into Parkinson’s disease, which Fox was diagnosed with in 1991.
An auction of “Back to the Future” shoes in 2011 raised $9.4 million.
Word of the shoe got out when Fox tweeted, “The letter I received from Tinker today. Thanks @Nike.”
Tinker appears to be Tinker Hatfield, a Nike shoe designer.
Nike president and CEO Mark Parker said in a statement, “We started creating something for fiction and we turned it into fact.”
In the film, McFly tries on a pair of grey Nike high-tops, known as “Nike MAGs,” that to McFly’s surprise self-lace. “Power laces! Alright!” McFly says in the film.
The company patented an “automatic lacing system” in 2008.
Another company trying to make history was Toyota. The company released a video promoting the “Mirai,” a car that is “fueled by everything.”
The car maker also reproduced Marty’s dream Tacoma: