Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/22/12
It looks like Christmas came a little early this year for former NFL star Chad Johnson. First, his estranged wife Evelyn Lozada dropped the no-contact order against him a few days ago — stemming a no contest plea to misdemeanor battery charges back in September — and yesterday, Johnson was lucky enough to buy himself an early holiday gift — a pair of Marty McFly shoes from "Back to the Future." Johnson tweeted a photo of the shoes — with the words "END OF THE WORLD SHOE, Going Out In Style The 8-5 Way" on little signs. He boasted that he had talked the store down to $8,000 for the coveted sneaker-boots from the original asking price of $10K. Not a bad find for the self-admitted shoe collector.  But probably not the most sensible idea for an unemployed NFL player with declining skills going through a divorce. Considering the first pair of McFlys went for $37,500 (including platinum case) during a charity auction for the Michael J.Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Disease last year maybe, in hindsight, the old Ochocinco's splurge could be a sound investment. Johnson found the collectible shoes at ATC Miami — a high-end sneaker shop in Miami Beach — and decided he HAD to have then, reports TMZ. Nike made only 1,500 pairs of the replica sneaks and it isn't clear if Johnson will be wearing them while pounding the pavement looking for a tryout. One thing is for sure, Johnson would probably like to go Back to the Past — at least before the summer when he still wore a Miami Dolphins jersey and the start of his legal troubles began. Hoping the shoes bring luck in the future though.
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