Let me start with the bad news. The bad news is that they don’t actually have power laces. They’re just… really ugly shoes with lights in them. Also, the chances of you having a chance to buy them anyways are almost nil.
The good news is the reason you can’t buy them is because Nike is auctioning them off on eBay — 150 pairs a day for 10 days — to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation in hopes of curing Parkinson’s disease. Today’s pairs are already pretty much up to $5,000 — yes, all of them — and it’s not quite 10am EST. So… yeah, the shoes without the power laces are kind of a gyp, but they’re a gyp for a very good cause. So… yay?
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.