The Nike Element React 87, a style unveiled by Jun Takahashi in March during the Paris Fashion Week presentation for his label Undercover, has received its fair share of praise since its debut. And soon it can be added to sneaker collections around the world.
Nike’s eye-catching model is executed with the brand’s latest React foam padding, and its design is inspired by the brand’s original internationalist style of the 1980s and the Zoom Fly SP of 2017.
âPeople are drawn to the shoe because it has layers,â Darryl Matthews, sportswear innovation designer at Nike, said in a statement. âIt’s not a flat shoe, and how it looks depends on the socks you wear. It’s like when Nike exposed the airbag, except now we can also expose the inside of the shoe.
But the shoe is not only aesthetic; it has a functional appeal that would also appeal to tech fans.
To make it comfortable, Nike said it tested pressure maps on people who walk a lot throughout the day to show where the feet feel the most fatigue. Then, the brand said, its designers drilled holes in these places on the soles of running shoes and repeated this process with its React foam for added comfort.
The end product, according to Nike, is “proof that the new requires mastery of the old, mastery of the avant-garde and a healthy dose of old-fashioned ingenuity.”
The Nike Element React 87 arrives on June 21 via its SNKRS app in Asia, Latin America and Greater China. It will also debut on that date on its SNEAKRS app and select retailers in Europe.
In North America, the sneaker will be available from July 14 through SNKRS and at select retailers. The shoes will come with a price tag of $ 160.
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