Our verdict


Bringing in some nostalgic feelings to the Back To The Future fans when it was finally released, the Nike Air Mag stayed true to its movie origins. Complete with the light-up technology and its iconic auto-lacing system, the shoe brought fans back to the future. Its futuristic appearance is complimented well by the style and the feel of comfort it provides.


  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable in-shoe feel
  • Self-lacing
  • Cool-looking
  • Premium materials
  • Surprisingly light
  • Sturdy


  • Pricey
  • Requires recharging

Who should buy the Nike Air Mag

The Nike Air Mag might be for you if:

  • You are a fan of the classic sci-fi film Back to the Future.
  • You love wearing shoes with a hypermodern design.
  • A high-top sneaker that offers a pleasant and cozy experience is what you are after. 

Who should not buy the Nike Air Mag

Expensive by $3,625 than most Nike high-tops, the Air Mag is not for budget-conscious and thrifty wearers. Retailed at $230, they are better off with the Nike Air Foamposite One Also, busy people might have to look past this high-top sneaker as its light features require recharging which could take up their time. They could instead have a look at the Nike Air Fear Of God 1 and see if it fits the bill. 

Just like in the movie

The Nike Air Mag is an iconic silhouette that is highly coveted by many, especially by Back To The Future fans. This shoe has a futuristic design that at first glance, some may find challenging to style up. However, it cleanly combines innovative technology with the streets which result in a pair of sneakers that functions both as costume sneaker and a casual, everyday gear.

Most buyers admire the style and design of the Nike Air Mag, saying that it looks great and just like in the movie while a couple of commenters said that this sneaker looks really cool. 

Features from the future

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 actually being a product of the future. Another eye-catching element of these shoes is their light-up technology, further adding to their futuristic appeal. That said, a few reviewers enjoyed wearing this shoe as they feel like being in the future or in space with its techy features. 

Light and cozy

Do not be deceived by its bulkiness and high-top design, it been has reported that the shoe is light despite its heavy-looking construction. Some owners also lauded this futuristic sneaker by Nike because of the comfort it provides.

Topnotch and long-lasting

Everything on this silhouette, from the midsole to the upper, feels premium and durable.

A highly-desired pair

Many sneaker fans are happy that they finally got to wear a truly iconic shoe.

How to wear the Nike Air Mag

The clean design of the shoe delivers a modernistic yet casual appeal. Wearers also can play around by pairing this shoe with various outfits. It goes well with the hoodie and joggers combo. You can also match it with some nice-fitting skinny jeans.

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.

Launch to the future

Air Mags is first launched 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 on the 21st of October, 2015. Many people were expecting the iconic shoe to be released. There was a surprise that awaited the 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 Nike Mags fans. The sneaker was finally released 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.