For the uninitiated, October 26 won’t mean much except perhaps the fact that Halloween is fast approaching and we’re in the depths of fall. For Back to the Future fans, however, this day in October will be remembered as the one on which Doc Brown made his very first time-leap. Non-fans of the ’80s movie, don’t switch off just yet. Back to the Future ‘s legacy has brought us some pretty dope offshoots — a whole range of Nike sneakers inspired by the franchise being one of them.
From the ultra-rare MAG replica shoe to the Nike “Vandal” donned by Doc throughout the films, these cinematic sneakers are available to shop now at sneaker and streetwear marketplace GOAT.
The ultimate Back to the Future shoe. Nike pretty much introduced the possibility of self-lacing shoes with this silhouette via the sci-fi film, and ever since, the market longed for its reality. In 2011, it finally happened. Well, kind of. 1500 pairs of the MAG silhouette dropped, albeit without the self-lacing technology, with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In 2016, we finally got a fully-fledged self-lacing edition, but it comes at a cost.
Determined to make self-lacing sneakers an accessible reality, Nike renewed its mission with the Adapt BB earlier this year, channeling the original silhouette seen in the movie, but updating it for the modern market. The shoe offers the possibility to personalize the fit using built-in buttons or via an app.
Those kicks donned by Doc Brown in part one of the franchise were an instant eye-catcher, and this remake is no different. Released in 2017, meaning a long wait for the OG fans, the retro drop comes in a bright safety orange colorway.
After the Nike sneakers, of course, the hoverboard ridden by Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly was next on most wish lists. With this technology unfortunately still out of reach, we’ll settle for the next best thing — the Nike AlphaDunk “Hoverboard.” Coming in a similar colorway to Marty’s board, the sneaker features a translucent Swoosh and front Zoom Air unit.
Inspired by the Nike Mag worn by Marty in the second installment of the franchise, this sneaker was released in May 2015. Inside, you’ll find an insole graphic paying reference to the hoverboard seen in the film. Outside, the shoe boasts translucent outsole and speckled detailing.
Dropping back in 2008, this shoe got a super limited release of just 350 pairs. Again inspired by the film’s iconic Nike Mag, the sneaker’s glow in the dark outsole pays homage to the Mag’s LED lighting system, while detailing on the tongue displays the dates that Doc made that famous time leap.
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