Pairs usually get criticized when a first version is released, but that definitely didn’t happen with the Nike React Element 87s! It was a big hit among sneakerheads let alone people who are into streetwear. As Nike uses their latest react technology on the sneaker, it has become extremely comfortable enough to be comparable to adidas’ BOOST technology.
The upper of the shoe is made up of a translucent woven plastic, making it seem as if it’s a new colorway everytime you change the color of your socks, as we mentioned in our previous article. Although you might think the plastic material may be hot or warm, it’s surprisingly still breathable inside.
The shoe may be comparable to the likes of Nike’s Flyknit Racers, but they’re not as narrow; they’re wide-foot friendly! That being said, it is recommended to stick to your true size to be able to fit your feet into the shoe. Otherwise, the small space within the toe box area might form some kind of lump when you wear them.
The midsole is not as hard as other midsoles such as Nike’s Flyknit Racers as this is where Nike has incorporated their React foam technology. Icy hints can also be noticed on the sole – this part is made up of rubber for added grip, so you don’t have to worry about slippery surfaces when you’re wearing the shoe. Nike React Element 87 also features a cork insole with a big orange check on it.
The laces feature traces of 3M, making the shoe reflective when light falls on it. The eyelets are made of, presumably, suede material and as it nears the part near the toe box, a light bone leather patch runs over the edge of the eyelets.
What are you waiting for? Go on and cop yourself a pair! You might as well buy a red zip tie and neon green/orange laces while you’re at it, so you can custom the shoe as if it’s an Off-White x Nike collab too.
Speaking of OFF-WHITE, the new Virgil Abloh Nike Prestos are on fire!