Described as the “greatest shoe never made” by Nike CEO Mark Parker, the high-top designs that feature in the 1989 time-travel film are equipped with “power laces”, which tighten on their own when feet are placed inside.

Nike filed a US Patent for self-lacing shoes in July 2014, featuring motorised rollers embedded in the soles. These would be activated by a control system that could either be operated using a button on the side or respond to changes in weight, wrapping the ends of the laces around themselves and creating a tightening effect.

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