Forget Moonwalking, how about some shoes for walking on Mars? That’s exactly what Nike created in 2012 by partnering up with artist Tom Sachs on the NikeCraft Mars Yard model; a shoe built for the rugged performance requirements of the NASA SPACE PROGRAM 2.0.
Five years have passed and the shoe is about to return with a material update based on high impact performance testing. Launching on June 8 exclusively at a Space Camp on Governors Island in New York City, the NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 will be available for $200 to participants in a space-themed training course.
As for the shoe’s features, the NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 replaces the Vectran material of its predecessor – which ended up not performing up to expectations – with a polyester warp-knit tricot mesh. It’s a more breathable material that induces fewer internal hotspots.
For added resilience, the NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0’s red donning straps are now adhered with a stronger X box stitch. The shoe also includes insoles crafted from mesh and cork for sockless wear, also reducing heat during wear and exercise.
To earn an early shot at copping the shoe, participants can complete a Tom Sachs-designed program at Space Camp. “Testing mind, body and character, the experience forms a routine that can be easily integrated into daily life.”
Future astronauts can already register for Space Camp on New York’s Governors Island while a second camp will launch in London in June as well. The shoe will also become available at NikeCraft with a $200 price tag.