I want my McFlys

Ransom Riggs

Hey, remember Marty McFly's shoes from Back to the Future 2?

My first reaction upon seeing this at age twelve was, of course, I've gotta have those. But the future promised in Future seemed ever so far away, and I soon forgot my brief-but-hot-burning podiatiric passion. But not everyone did. Now that it's 2007, and 2015 -- the year in which BTTF2 is set -- is just around the corner, the drumbeat of demand is beginning to grow.

Witness McFly 2015, whose mission statement claims that they are "a grassroots movement to get Nike to make available to consumers the futuristic-looking sneakers seen in the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part 2."

Not only is this the awesomest thing I've ever heard, it also seems like the kind of thing that, should it catch on, just might work! Sure, they look really dorky and retro, but there's got to be at least a few demographics out there who would spring for a pair of auto-lacing McFlys. To wit:

1) Me and people like me
2) People who ride Segways
3) Too-cool-for-school retro rockers like The Darkness and VHS vs. BETA
4) People who have through extraordinary circumstances somehow missed the interceding years and their attendant fashion trends, like
a) Jamie Kennedy in Kickin' it Old Skool
b) Encino Man
c) Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

So, who wants a pair?