Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some reviewers like the unique aesthetic of the Nike Moon Racer.
  • Most of the shoe users commend the pair's React midsole for being ultra-cushioned and comfortable.
  • The shoe's nylon mesh upper is breathable, others have noted.
  • A couple of reviewers remark that the shoe adds height and can be beneficial to those who are looking for a pair that could do just that.
  • Several consumers especially like the oversized Swoosh logos that adorn the sidewalls. 
  • One video reviewer is pleasantly surprised that despite its chunky design the sneaker is lightweight.
  • A few respondents are impressed with this pair's design concept and backstory.
  • Some buyers claim that the kick is well-made and has excellent quality.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of purchasers say that the sneaker is overpriced by a couple of bucks.
  • Some shoe users dislike the look of the heel flap while some say it painfully rubs against their achilles.
  • Several testers complain about the shoe's midsole design, which is tall and thin at the heel, providing an unstable ride and the possibility of rolling their ankles.

Bottom line

The Nike Moon Racer’s unique retro-meets-modern aesthetic is made possible by the Cortez/Moon shoe-inspired upper and midsole design of the Vapor Street Flyknit. While consumers' opinions on this kick's overall aesthetic and performance remain divided, its unique design and interesting backstory undoubtedly caught the attention of many.

Nike equipped it with the well-known React technology for improved comfort. Its ultra-narrow design causes instability which could get uncomfortable after some time.

Facts

Rankings

A top 4% best sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

  • First look | Seth Fowler

  • First look | Jacques Slade | Level 1 expert

  • First look | Danger Russ

  • First look | Solegazer

  • First look | MySqueakers |

  • First look | Impressive Kickz

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The Nike Moon Racer is exclusively offered in men's sizing. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go one and a half sizes down from their standard shoe size. It has a low profile, which allows the wearer’s ankles to keep their full range of motion. A traditional lace-up closure provides a custom, lockdown fit.

The Nike Moon Racer’s hybrid concept contributes to its one-of-a-kind style. Its unprecedented midsole design is attention-grabbing and adds a unique focal point to any outfit, while its low-top profile adorned with oversized Swoosh logos and toebox detailing provide familiarity and versatility. Pair this sneaker with casual staples such as jeans, joggers or shorts for a stylish off-duty ensemble.

With this sneaker’s unique aesthetic, people take notice whether they like it or not. This shoe’s peculiar midsole design and familiar upper had most consumers curious. Moreover, the fact that it features Nike’s React midsole technology had some customers sold from the get-go.

The Nike Moon Racer is a lifestyle model that debuted in August of 2018. It is a past-meets-present sneaker that took inspiration from the brand's previous models. The Nike Moon shoe released in 1972 inspires the shoe's upper and it is a prototype of the Nike Waffle Trainer. Only a dozen Moon shoes were ever produced, and it was handmade by Geoff Hollister under the direction of Bill Bowerman. It was named after its unique outsole tread pattern that resembled astronauts' footprints that were left on the moon's surface in 1969.

The other sneaker model that closely resembles the Moon Racer's upper is the Nike Cortez, which is also one of the first shoes released by the brand. The Cortez's nylon mesh upper, prominent Swoosh logos, and toebox stitching details can also be seen on the Moon Racer's silhouette. Finally, the midsole takes after the brand's 2018 model called the Vapor Street Flyknit.

The Nike Moon Racer is available in the following colorways: sail/string/ volt and black/white/wolf grey.

  • It comes with a drawstring bag.
  • A moon graphic graces the sockliner for added style.

 

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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