What’s next for Nike’s Element React 87 and 55? A midtop sneaker with much more aggressive styling called the React Runner Mid.
While the tooling is familiar — and ingrained in the minds of most sneaker enthusiasts by now — Nike may have altered it for this new shoe. After all, the Element React 87’s midsole came to life with a drill and a slab of React foam; the depths and densities of the cutout patterns affect what kind of cushioning the midsole will provide (pattern on the React Element 87 is looser and wider than the pattern used on the Epic React Flyknit to achieve soft bounce).
This latest React Runner Mid ISPA flaunts what appears to be the brand’s new Flight Utility design language, as well as the deconstructed look Virgil Abloh has made popular. The shoe is constructed from synthetics with strappy overlays and lacing that wraps the heel. The insoles read “Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, Adapt” for ISPA and the tongue labels are dual-branded.
There is no official word yet on when the Nike React Runner Mid ISPA will hit retail — or whether it uses any weather-ready technologies — so stay tuned for updates.
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