Though the late 1960s in America were defined by the moon landing, the idea of Mars exploration now dominates the discussion. After years of braving dust storms and investigating the planet's landscape, the Mars "Opportunity" rover, launched in 2003, just completed its mission. Its discoveries have influenced future human expeditions to Mars and continue to inspire artists, designers, and space enthusiasts throughout the world.
The famous moon landing impacted the design of the Nike Air Max 90 "Lunar Landing" in 2014. Its American flag-inspired heel, Nike Lunar construction, and graphic upper with reflective accents helped it become a highly sought-after model. Nike Sportswear designers presented a new "Mars Landing" edition for 2019, including an official depiction of Mars on the upper, tongue, and sockliner, as well as a rover-wheel-inspired pattern on the outsole.
Several rounds of trial and error went into the creation of the Air Max 90 "Mars Landing." To finalise the all-over pattern, as well as the exact shade of reddish orange utilised on the laces and interior, the crews combed through hundreds of vintage pictures.
Though the new design concentrates on Mars, some characteristics, such as the all-over logo and reflective accents on the laces and midsole speckles, are reminiscent of the original "Lunar Landing" sneaker. Metallic touches on the tongue, heel, and outsole allude to the gleaming Mars rovers. As a consequence, the sneaker honours the past while looking ahead to the exciting future of space exploration and travel.