Time marches on and in the end, it gets us all. Back To The Future II’s sneakers, like the rest of us, are at time’s mercy. Currently offered on eBay is a single shoe (the left one) of one of the pairs of Nike Air Mags used in the production of the classic 1989 sci-fi comedy.
This is one of the shoes made specifically for the movie, and sadly it’s falling apart. It would take a DeLorean to go back in time and rescue it. Sneaker materials aren’t made to last very long and this one was made as a movie prop, not for everyday wear. Even though this shoe has been kept in a glass display case, it cannot escape time. The fabric is fine, but the rubber and foam sections of the shoe are rotting away.
The back heelcup is just crumbs and the outsole completely separates from the rest of the shoe if you try and pick it up. Regardless of its distressed state, the auction has reached over $86,000 so far… for a single shoe… that is disintegrating.
You need to handle this thing like a sacred relic or it may fall apart further. It’s sad, but time gets us all in the end. Are you as depressed as I am?