Size and fit

The Nike Air Mags fits true to size and if you prefer a little snug fit, you can go down half a size. It is available in men’s sizing only and women can grab a pair by going down at least 1.5 in size to accommodate their foot size.

Nike Air Mag Style

An iconic silhouette that is highly coveted by many, especially by Back To The Future fans, the Nike Air Mag does not just convey a futuristic design that wearers may find difficulty in styling up. Nike cleanly combined innovative technology with the streets, resulting in a pair of sneakers that can function both as a costume sneaker as well as a casual, everyday gear.

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The clean design of the shoe allows it to deliver a modernistic yet casual appeal that wearers can play around with their outfit that will go well with the shoe. It goes well with the hoodie and joggers combo. You can also pair it with some nice fitting skinny jeans.

Notable Features

When you say Nike Air Mag from Back To The Future II, one of the things that would come to mind is its self-lacing system. It is one of the key elements of the sneaker that defines its characteristic of being actually a product of the future. Another eye-catching element of these shoes is their light-up technology, adding more to its futuristic appeal.

Nike Air Mag History

It was in 1989 that most people, especially the fans of the “Back To The Future” movie franchise, first got a glimpse of the Nike Mag. The iconic shoe was introduced in the second installment of the movie franchise, the “Back To The Future II.” Set mostly in 2015, the movie featured the sneaker with an auto-lacing system and a light-up technology. The main character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, was the one who wore the sneakers so he can fit in with the modern crowd.

Although the pair featured in the movie was only made possible with a little touch of movie magic, there were still sneaker enthusiasts, as well as pop-culture and tech geeks, who wanted to get themselves a pair. But, unfortunately, they would have to wait for a few decades.

In 2008, a patent for auto-lacing was filed by Nike with Tinker Hatfield’s name on it as well as Tiffany Beer’s, who would be the one to help Hatfield in bringing his vision to reality.

Nike first launched the Air Mags in 2011. The shoes were released through auctions in which the proceeds would go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The 2011 Version of the Nike Mags was almost like what you can see in the movie. It lights up and the outer design and style were exactly the same but it was missing one thing; it didn’t have the auto-lacing system yet which was one of its key components.

In the movie, Marty McFly went to travel to the 21st of October, 2015. Many people were expecting for the iconic shoe to be released. Although Nike didn’t do such a thing, they still had quite a little surprise for its fans. Michael J. Fox made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and unveiled the new version of the Nike Air Mags which now features the auto-lacing system. He also took to twitter to show the letter Tinker Hatfield wrote for him which also confirmed that the Air Mags are real.

The year 2016 is the most anticipated year of the Nike Mags fans. The brand finally released the sneaker in its updated version and now features its self-lacing technology. Only 89 pairs of the Air Mags were released and it was to pay tribute to the year the Back To The Future II premiered.

Nice to know

  • The 2016 release of the shoe was put up on a raffle where people can enter by donating $10 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
  • All of the proceeds of the 2016 release of the Air Mags were donated to help in fighting Parkinson’s disease.
  • The name “Mag” was derived from the word “magnetic.”
  • The highest bid for the 2011 Nike Mags was $37, 500, made by British rapper Tinie Tempah.


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