EXCLUSIVE: THE NEW NIKE CRAFT MARS YARD 2.0 BY TOM SACHS
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
Five years after the launch of the first NikeCraft Mars Yard, Nike and artist Tom Sachs are back on the scene with a new and improved reiteration of the 2012 original, a high-performing shoe inspired by Sachs’ interactions with NASA’s highly specialized scientists. The latest 2.0 version stems from Sachs’ long-term, exacting and extensive testing of the original.
“It passed the abrasion test. It passed the strength test. It passed the folding test. It passed all the tests, but when we started wearing it, it didn’t meet our expectations,” explains Sachs.
Guided by Nike designers, Sachs spent these five years testing the shoe, wearing it regularly and thoroughly day in day out. The result is the NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 that fully reflects the design ethos shared by Sachs and Nike: Working to advance human potential, we believe there is no finish line.
Hence, they both flexed their muscles to improve durability. The original Vectran on the upper has been replaced by a more breathable polyester warp-knit tricot mesh while the donning straps are now bonded with a stronger X box stitch. On the outsole, the tread of the SFB has been inverted to adapt to more urban contexts. Finally, the Mars Yard 2.0 comes with two insoles, mesh and cork – ideal for sockless wear.