Friday, August 27, 2010

Collector's Sweat - the “Slamball Shoes”

The original BTF2 shoes for the movie were designed by Tinker Hatfield and
built by hand in the Nike Sample
Room. The lights in the side of the midsole
and the Nike logo on the ankle
strap were electro-luminescent panels. There
also was an array of six randomly
flashing LEDs on the side of the heel that
were never visible in the movie

Originally they were called “Slamball Shoes,” and that’s what most people
called them around Nike. There was supposed to have been a scene in the

movie in which Marty plays Slamball, a game like 3D racquetball where the

participants wear magnetic shoes which allow them to climb up the walls.

That scene was never shot because the cost of building a huge room on
to create the effect was too great.
The REAL name of the shoes in Marty McFly’s world of 2015 was the
“Nike Mag”
because of their magnetic properties, and that’s what is
in the back of the heel.

Some time ago, a new patent popped up:

"An automatic lacing system for an article of footwear"
Looks like we have arrived in the Future – yay!

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