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Nike files patent for 'Back to the Future' sneakers

Word's out that the company with the signature swoosh has applied for a self-lacing shoe patent. It's still in the early stages, but it's better than nothing.

Image from Nike sneaker patent

Great Scott! Just three words: I want these.

As a huge fan of Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future" trilogy, I think one of the most memorable moments in the 1989 sequel has to be when Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, puts on a pair of Nike Air 2015 sneakers that automatically lace themselves. Now, 21 years on (and counting), it seems Nike's at long last heard the cry from fans and mothers with butter-fingered kids.

It's all still in the early stages at this point, but it's better than nothing as word's out that the company with the signature swoosh has applied for a self-lacing-shoe patent. According to the writeup, the Nike Air Mag sneakers will light up and be equipped with a built-in battery that automatically fastens the strap with the push of a button.

It's unlikely we'll see the actual Nike Air Mag out in time for the trilogy's Blu-ray launch in October. But since the show was originally set in 2015, Nike's got another five years to rock 'n' roll in time for the show's 30th anniversary.

Then again, if you just can't wait, Wired reports that artist Blake Bevin's home-built self-lacing sneakers could be headed to a store near you.

(Source: Crave Asia via NiceKicks)