We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the current trend of mixing old style and new tech is creating some runaway hits in the sneaker world as of late!
The latest among them is a new Nike release called the React Element 87 – a running shoe-inspired sneaker that takes some cues of old 90s sneakers and blends them seamlessly with new technology and styling.
The old-school component comes in the form of its chunky sole and high-ankled upper that screams ‘dad-sneakers’ from years gone by. Luckily for the trend-watchers out there, that’s an attractive element at the moment. So, if you’re on the bulked-up sneaker train, this is right up your alley.
As for the new tech, it lies in the sole. Nike’s React cushioning technology features a high energy return foam, which actually first featured in Nike’s basketball shoes back in 2017. Because it generates an even higher return than Nike’s own Lunarlon soles, it was only a matter of time before React made an appearance in the brand’s running line.
The Epic React is a dedicated runner that’s far more function than form and a what’s set to have a serious go at Adidas’ Boost technology (we’ll have to see about that, though). The soles are fantastic, but the upper shouldn’t be ignored, either. It’s a transparent fuse material that’s incredibly lightweight, making this a summer sneaker, with a set of colourways that will satisfy minimalists and those looking to break necks as you hit the street.