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The Nike Moon Racer Is a Mashup We Were Waiting For

New tech, classic design, and all the style

Nike Moon Racer Release

Type: Casual run
Price: $150
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It was just a matter of time before Nike took its most advanced shoe platform, the Vaporfly 4%, and mashed it up with one of its most classic models from the design vault—the 1972 Moon Shoe that was an early prototype of the original Waffle Trainer. The result, we think, is a perfect lockup that's both retro and futuristic.

The Moon Racer is based, in part, on Nike’s 1972 Moon Shoe.
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The new shoe, Nike's Moon Racer, is built on the midsole of Nike's 4% although instead of the company's performance-enhancing ZoomX foam (some may call it an unfair advantage) this one uses Nike's more affordable React foam.

The outcome is a lifestyle sneaker that gives wearers a running history lesson you can rock between workouts. “Both the Moon Racer and the VaporFly 4% tell stories around innovation,” says Nike Sportswear footwear designer Nathan Schultze. “They celebrate Nike’s vision of enhancing human potential through sport.”

The Lunar design elements were inspired by the original footprints left by astronauts on the moon.
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Lunar graphics on the insole and shoe bag that comes with the model pay homage to the original Moon Shoe. While the original had a sole that was inspired by the footprints astronauts left on the moon just three years earlier, this one comes with a more modern tread.

Moon Racer Men's Shoe

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