Back to the Future Nike sneakers just raised millions for Parkinson’s disease research

Self-lacing shoes for good

Nike is all about self-lacing shoes these days, and one limited edition in particular just did a world of good. 

See, the shoemaker is raffling and auctioning off 89 pairs of self-lacing Mag sneakers fashioned after Marty McFly's kicks in Back to the Future Part II. Today, Marty himself (aka Michael J. Fox) announced proceeds from the giveaway total $6.75 million. 

All the funds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease. Fox starred in the Back to the Future series and was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991. 

A final pair is set to be auctioned at a gala next month, according to TechCrunch, though that's not the end for Nike's self-lacing shoe ambitions.

The company recently unveiled the HyperAdapt 1.0, sleek trainers that tighten by themselves with the press of a button. They are up for preorder now, and customers can slip them on at select Nike retail locations in the US starting November 28. 

Though we don't know how much HyperAdapt costs yet, they could be the beginning of a whole new era of footwear. We think Marty would approve. 


Michelle is the Senior News Editor for TechRadar, based in the Bay Area. Covering all things tech, Michelle is obsessed with good handsets, smart machines and self-driving cars. With an eye on the latest happenings from every corner of the industry, Michelle aims to bring readers the most useful and entertaining bits from around the tech world. One day, she may find a smartwatch she actually likes to wear.