Day 282: Back To The Very Near Future Shoes

Okay, I’m not wearing the right trainers, I know…

October 9


The Nikes in the film

In an ideal world I would, of course, be wearing a pair of self-lacing Nike high tops as featured in Back To The Future II for this pic. The problem is, the official Nike replicas cost an absolute fortune: the company made a limited edition run of  1,500 “Nike Air Mags” to raise money for Parkinson’s disease through The Michael J Fox Foundation which were auctioned on eBay for more many thousands of dollars each.

Cheap knock offs – if you can call £180 cheap

Cheap knock-offs – if you can call $180 cheap

And while some cheaper replicas have made it onto the market, they are, frankly, a bit crap. And they still cost $180! That’s blimmin’ expensive for cheap knock-offs.

Apparently, Nike will be rereleasing some “official” Nike Air Mags in 2015 (the year in which Back To The Future II is set, so some studio better hurry up an release 15 more Jaws films in the next 15 months) that will be more “affordable”, but you can bet there will still be at least three digits on the price tag, even in the UK.

And you know what? I’ve always thought they extremely naff anyway. But then, longterm readers of this column will already know I have a problem with any high tops that require you to tuck your jeans inside the shoes. Then again, if you’ve spent thousands on some trainers, I suppose you’d want other people to see as much of them as possible. But you’re probably keeping them in a glass cabinet anyway.

See you tomorrow.

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• Current total: £1,215 

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