Through the plethora of Nike collaborations, only a select few are able to truly stand out as all-time sneaker favorites. One of them is the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard.
Through continual updates, the Mars Yard has repeatedly captured the attention of sneakerheads through its innovative design. Embarking on yet another retooling, the Mars Yard 2.5 will be accessible to the general public for a test-run.
As the “2.5” numeric suggests, the successor to the previous iteration features an almost identical color-blocking and shape. However, the pair seems to have received an updated construction, with added materials designed to bolster the sneaker’s durability. To study the effects of such updates, Nike has invited the public to test the sneakers; wear-testers will write down their experiences and provide feedback and return the sneaker upon its trial-end date. The sneaker will then be sanitized, repaired, studied, and reissued.
“With this particular challenge, we are engaging people to really think about this shoe and bring different perspectives, both culturally and environmentally,” Sachs said. “This is an opportunity to invite a larger audience to really indulge in our favorite part of the process — learning about things and making stuff. The process is the most valuable thing, and if the end result is a great pair of shoes, that’s fantastic. But I think it’s really important that the testing process celebrates the journey.”
If you would like to test out a pair of Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.5, 1 minute Instagram video applications are being accepted. More information can be found in the video below.