by Brandon Richard
...or something like it.
If you're hoping to put together a Marty McFly costume for Halloween, but don't own a pair of Nike MAGs, you're not out of options. HalloweenCostumes.com will soon sell a run of 'Back to the Future 2 Light Up Shoes' for $99. That's right, an officially licensed replica by Universal Studios, sans Swoosh branding. They even come equipped with rechargeable LED lights.
According to the site, stock is expected on September 30.
Released by Nike exclusively through eBay in 2011, the MAG currently fetches an average of about $8,000 on the open market. The model is also rumored to be returning next year — this time with power laces.
With the official release being a pit pricey, is an affordable, functional replica worth owning?
UPDATE 9/30: Universal's officially licensed Air MAG replica released as expected at halloweencostumes.com today. Not much different from Saturday mornings, sizes sold out within minutes and the site crashed temporarily. They're advertising a re-stock for earlier November.
As of now, there are no less than 50 pairs already listed on eBay. Prices range from $275 to $2,500.
UPDATE 11/6: While Halloween has come and gone, you can still get your hands on the costume Nike Air Mag. The replica is available to pre-order again over at halloweencostumes.com. The drawback is that the expected ship range is anywhere from this month to March 2015.