Nike Designer Breaks Down the Moon Racer
Nike’s new Moon Racer is prepped and ready for launch. A lifestyle release that combines the style elements of the 1970s ‘moon shoe’ with the ground-breaking performance of the Zoom Vaporfly 4% — its design celebrates Nike’s past while looking to the future.
Nike’s team noticed parallels between the origin of the ‘moon shoe’ and the Breaking2 initiative (the company’s 2017 attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier), as footwear designer Nathan Schultze explains.
‘Both the Moon Racer and the VaporFly 4% tell stories around innovation,’ says Schultze. ‘They celebrate Nike’s vision of enhancing human potential through sport.’
Schultz and his team fused the upper design of the ‘moon shoe’ with Nike’s React foam tech in the midsole, giving birth to the Moon Racer.
‘We played into the idea of space exploration, and even more specifically, the moon, as the ultimate in human aspiration,’ adds Schultze.
Thus, the sockliner has a graphic of the moon, while the dust bag has phases of the moon on one side and a goddess of victory graphic on the other.
The Nike Moon Racer takes off in String/Black/Volt and Black/White/Gray on August 2. Hit up Nike.com and select retailers.