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These LEGO self-lacing trainers will make tying your shoes a joy

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Gary Ogden
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Ever since Back To The Future Part II hoverboarded its way onto our screens way back in 1989, we’ve all been hankering its life-changing technology. Least of all: Marty McFly’s self-tying Nike Air Mags trainers.

And while it is now possible to genuinely buy them, they’ll set you back an almighty $720 (around £580). But don’t fret, as there is a way to get this slice of footwear futurism on the cheap, and best of all, it even involves LEGO.

This pair of self-tying LEGO comes from the mind of an enterprising young industrial designer named Vimal Patel, who’s essentially super-glued a load of the toy bricks onto an old pair of worn-out trainers, threaded the laces through his contraption and attached a small motor - hey presto. You’ll look like a fucking maniac but at least you won’t have to do your shoelaces up.

Check out how he did it here. Then, if you’re so inclined, make your own and show them off to friends. Or put some real energy into it and build a flux capacitor to go back in time and convince LEGO this was the future all along.

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Gary Ogden

Shortlist writer and "the least woke person in the office", Gary Ogden, likes horror movies, Cheestrings, tapping his leg under the desk, "having a drink", PDAs, not having eczema anymore, hiding from responsibility, screaming into the mirror whenever he is alone, and assorted other things. Mainly the eczema thing though. @garyblogden

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