'Back to the Future' Air Mag shoes can be yours for under $100

If you missed out on the official Nike Air Mag shoes back in 2011, you can now get a much more affordable officially licensed replica for your Marty McFly costume.

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Back to the Future shoes
These would also look great as everyday shoes. HalloweenCostumes.com

It's been over 25 years since "Back to the Future: Part II" hit theaters and the world was introduced to marvels like the hoverboard and Nike Air Mag self-lacing shoes. You still can't get a hoverboard, but at least you can get a pair of officially-licensed Air Mag-style shoes.

HalloweenCostumes.com is offering the shoes for $98.99. All sizes are currently out of stock, but they're expected to be available at the end of September. That should give you enough time to find a good Marty McFly puffer vest and jean jacket to wear for Halloween. Since the events of "Back to the Future: Part II" took place in 2015, you'll be doing a bit of time traveling just by wearing these shoes.

The shoes sport the requisite high-top style and stay on thanks to an adjustable Velcro strap around the ankle and some discrete elastic on the top. Here's where we get to the disappointing part of the story: The shoes do not have automatic power-lace technology. They do, however, light up like the shoes in the movie. The LEDs are charged up via USB cable.

While the shoes are officially licensed by Universal Studios, they aren't a Nike product. You'll notice the lack of swoosh or any Nike branding. The phrase "Air Mag" doesn't appear anywhere in the product description. Nike brought out its own high-end version of the Air Mag in 2011, but it was destined only for people with deep pockets. The shoes were sold in a very limited edition of 1,500 pairs through eBay with the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a charity dedicated to treating Parkinson's disease.

It's pretty great to have an affordable set of Air Mags available to the masses finally. Still, there's room for improvement. If Nike designer Tinker Hatfield is to be believed, we might get some real power laces next year, just in time to see if the events of the movie come true and the Cubs actually win the World Series.

Back to the Future shoes and box
The shoes come in a nifty "Back to the Future" box. HalloweenCostumes.com

(Via Technabob)