From the mind of Nike Skateboarding professional Paul Rodriguez, the new Lunar Rod model is the product of combining the sole of a Lunar Braata shoe with the upper from Paul’s latest signature model, the P-Rod VI. It just so happened that these two seemingly distant points in the footwear spectrum fit together perfectly, and the Lunar Rod was born.
But why a running shoe for a professional skateboarder? P-Rod himself is quick to point out that much of the innovation seen in skateboarding footwear has stemmed directly from the superior cushioning and comfort of Nike’s world-class running shoes. Both Air and Lunarlon were originally developed for runners and later plugged into skate shoes; Zoom Air was applied to the first SB Dunks the same way that Lunarlon was adapted for the foundation on which the Koston 1 and P-Rod Vs were built. The fact is that running footwear has been influencing our skate shoes for decades, so don’t be surprised if we see this trend continue with more of today’s top pro skaters. They’re comfortable. It’s that simple.