Size and fit

The Nike Moon Racer QS comes in men’s and women’s sizes. It has a fabric upper that is breathable, stretchable, and durable. Meanwhile, its low-top design helps keep the ankle free, while the flat lace-up system secures the tightness of the fit.

Nike Moon Racer QS Style

A couple of colorways are available for the low-top Nike Moon Racer QS: the yellow ochre/sail/gym blue and the mountain blue/midnight navy/sail/team orange. These colorways present a vibrant and retro-inspired appeal that will fit right in with today's trends. They also have a modern and fresh flair that makes them ideal for everyday styling.

The Nike Moon Racer QS can be styled with athleisure pieces such as joggers, track pants, and shorts. A t-shirt or colorful top should complete the retro style. On the other hand, for laidback occasions, the kick can be styled with t-shirts, sweatshirts, or long-sleeved shirts and pants or jeans.

Notable Features

The Nike Moon Racer QS has a durable fabric upper with leather accents. It has a heritage-inspired look with vibrant details and an asymmetrical design. Additionally, it showcases a chunky look on its midsole along with a smooth and rounded toe.

Large Swoosh branding is located on the sides of the sneaker, giving it an impressive throwback detailing. No other visible branding touches are found on the shoe, apart from Swoosh logos on the outsole and insole. The insole also features a moon terrain print.

Nike Moon Racer QS History

The Nike Moon shoe was first released in 1972. Only a mere dozen of this model were ever produced, designed and made by hand by Geoff Hollister under the close inspection of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. This sneaker took its name from its outsole, which had a pattern similar to the footprints left by astronauts during the 1969 moon landings. 

In 2018, Nike revisited the silhouette to release the Nike Moon Racer. It had a hybrid appearance featuring modern details and heritage accents, taking inspiration from previous models. Aside from the Moon sneaker, this model also took inspiration from the Nike Cortez, featuring a similar large Swoosh detail and toe box stitching.

Nike leveled up the Moon Racer even more with the release of the Nike Moon Racer QS, retaining the heritage style and upgrading it with modern comfort. It features a durable upper with leather accents, complemented by the comfort of Nike React innovation. The overall design and shape are influenced by the brand’s running shoes for a “fast” look.

Additional Info

  • This sneaker uses Nike React foam technology to deliver an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Rubber is placed in the outsole’s high-wear areas for durable traction.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Moon Racer
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh / Fabric
Features: Breathable
Colorways: Black / Blue / Beige / Orange

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.