Let me paint a picture for you. The year is 1989. After four years of wondering if Back to the Future would really be continued, a sequel was finally released. A young Jim Kid, in his pre-Jimmy’s Jams days was wowed by a vision of the future that included flying cars, huge flat panel TVs and a Cubs World Series victory in 2015. The movie correctly predicted many things about the future and also got a bunch of things wrong unless we do get flying cars by 2015, which I doubt. I am still holding out for that World Series victory though.
But the things that really stood out to young me and my gang of lovable suburban rapscallions were three things. The hoverboard, the self-drying jacket and the self-lacing Nike shoes. I actually don’t know why the self-drying jacket seemed so awesome. I don’t recall many times when I was soaking wet and needed a quick dry before going home. But it still seemed awesome. Of course this wouldn’t be the first time I would become obsessed with a pair of fictional shoes from one of my favorite movies.
The last few days have been a real rollercoaster for Back to the Future fans. On Wednesday Frank Marshall, producer of the entire trilogy as well as second unit director for part 1, sent out this enigmatic Tweet:
Then he Tweeted this:
Could it be? Was it really happening? Could the self-lacing shoes that Back to the Future fans have been waiting for since 1989 actually be going into production? Yes and no. Word began to spread on Thursday that the shoes were in fact being made by Nike. Unfortunately they were not self-lacing, although they did light-up. Nike was also only making 1500 of them and auctioning them on eBay for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s charity. It’s a great cause of course but unfortunately I don’t have $10,000 to spend on a pair of shoes. But it gives me hope that maybe one day I can finally get those Team Zissou Adidas shoes. We also got a pretty funny commercial out of the whole thing:
Maybe one day we’ll also get real hoverboards but until then I’ll just have to look into building my own. And hopefully we do get that Cubs World Series by 2015.
Your friend in time,
September 10th, 2011