MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities man is among the lucky few who won a rare and sought after shoe in a raffle.
They are the futuristic shoes Michael J Fox made popular as Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Aaron Borland was such a fan, he bought these Universal Studios Edition Air Mags a few years ago.
“It was always something growing up, that was on television here or there,” Borland said.
So when the shoe connoisseur heard Nike was raffling off real self-lacing Nike Mags at $10 a pop — he figured why not try?
“It’s a great shoe, very rare opportunity, I figured I’ll purchase a few entries and if I win it will be incredible, if not, the money is still going to a great cause,” Borland said.
Borland spent $30 to win one of the only 89 pairs made. So many people entered the online raffle, Nike raised millions for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise awareness and find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
When Borland received the notification: “Wait a minute, this says I won the shoe. So I clicked in to it.”
The video message said in part, “You’ve won the Nike Mag which puts you in a very select group.”
Borland is still deciding if he’ll sell or keep the Nike Mags with the Adaptive Fit technology.
“Tangible items like memorabilia do have both monetary value and emotional value and knowing that this is something not many people will ever have in their lifetime that will definitely weigh into the decision,” Borland said.
Borland has had a few offers to buy the Nike Mags via social media, including from an NFL player who also wears size 13. One pair auctioned off in China went for more than $100,000.