Nike did a few sneakers this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing. But for the most part, they were too focused on Lance Armstrong to really give Neil his due. As the only guy who didn’t beat Neil to the lunar surface, Buzz Aldrin also knows a thing or two about being overlooked, but Nike 6.0 is set to rectify that very soon.
The Nike 6.0 Rocket Hero Mavrk Mid 2 is ‘by’ Buzz Aldrin in the sense that photos he took on the moon cover this shoe’s base layer. On top of that is a suede overlay that yields to metallic silver leather on the inner Swooshes (symbolizing the light and dark sides of the moon). It’s a striking design and a moonboot footprint on the insoles finishes the theme nicely. ‘BUZZ ALDRIN ROCKET HERO’ reads like a Hollywood movie poster on the tongue tag for this show that premieres at select Nike 6.0 retailers on New Year’s Day 2010.