Nike lovers and sneaker collectors … you have to get yourself one of these!
… As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 this week, we’re showing you some of the best shoes that have drawn inspiration from the mission and its Moon landing. Brands such as Adidas, Nike, New Balance and Vans have all created designs paying homage to this historical feat, in official and unofficial ways. While there are sneakers that NASA has collaborated on, others simply look like they were meant to be Moon boots. Let’s take a look and appreciate them one by one.
Nike Air Max Lunar90 SP “Moon Landing”
Five years ago, on July 14th, 2014, Nike introduced what are arguably the best Moon landing-inspired sneakers to date: the Air Max Lunar 90 SP “USA.” The sportswear giant took one of its most iconic models, the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Max 90, and donned it with midsole graphics that mirrored the Moon’s surface. To complement that, Nike put two American flag badges on the back of the shoes, which were designed to represent those found on Neil Armstrong’s space suit.
The sneakers became so popular that they now resell for as much as $1,000, compared to their $145 retail price.