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Check Out The Original Patent For The Nike Air Mag

Submitted by on February 3, 2012 – 1:15 pm14 Comments

Last year—after years upon years of speculation—Nike finally released the Nike Air Mag to the public. Er, well, sort of. The reality is that unless you had plenty of money to blow (or your name is Kid Cudi) you probably didn’t get a chance to get your hands on a pair of Air Mags. Nike put a bunch of pairs up on eBay for auction, but the so-called Marty McFlys routinely went for thousands of dollars on the site, making it damn near impossible for regular folks like you and me to cop a pair.

I won’t lie: I wasn’t really devastated over it. While the McFlys are a sight to behold and I’m glad to see that Nike finally released them and did it for a good cause, I’m not broken up over the fact that I don’t have a pair. I’d probably never wear the things anyway and they’re more of a collector’s item than something that I’d want to actually wear.

But, a copy of the original patent for the Nike Air Mag just leaked to the Internet and it’s pretty cool to see everything that went into designing these sneakers. As you can see from the photos here, Nike had to work out a lot of different details on the shoe in order to patent it. And it looks like they patented it back in 2009, meaning they haven’t exactly been working on these things for years but they have been thinking about releasing them for at least a few years now.

So, what do you think? If Nike released the Air Mags right now to the general public and they were at least somewhat reasonably priced, would you slip your feet into a pair of them? Or, do you think Nike should leave these as is and let the collectors out there who scooped up a pair for a ridiculous price enjoy them? You make the call.

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