On July 13th we finally saw the release of Nike’s long-awaited React Element 87. After initially making its appearance on the runway at Paris fashion week, Nike delivered a public release in both an ‘Anthracite’ and ‘Sail’ colourway. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Anthracite offering, and have all the info you’ll need if you’re looking to pick a pair up!
The shoe itself has quite an interesting story. The React outsole is molded from one solid slab of foam, and a drill is used to produce the final shape with all it’s crevices. The React foam found on the Element 87 is slightly denser than the cushioning found its running counterpart, the Epic React, so on these you’ll find a less bouncy step, but more support. Add in the fact that they boast a full-length cork insole and you’re dealing with one extremely comfy shoe.
The upper is a futuristic, modern take on a retro runner, the Nike Internationalist, mixed with hits from Nike’s smash-hit performance runner, the Zoom Fly SP. The concept of the shoe was to fuse modern day performance materials and technologies with a classic aesthetic to make something completely new. The upper is nearly completely translucent, which means if you’re like me and own a plethora of funky socks, these are made for you.
Add together the partially hollow outsole and the minimalistic upper and you’ve got one of the lightest and coziest non-performance sneakers you’ve ever worn.
There seems to be a bunch of questions regarding this pair, so we’re going to try and answer as many of them as we can. First of all, they fit true to size. Although they look narrow, they fit like a regular width shoe, and we would recommend purchasing your usual Nike size in these. As previously mentioned, the comfort level is on point. Having tried the original Epic React, we can tell you that these do not measure up to their performance-based counterpart, but they absolutely exceed expectations in terms of comfort on a sportswear sneaker. The tongue and heel, although very pronounced, do not dig in to your skin at all. The tongue is almost ergonomic in that the design actually bends and curves around the ligaments in your ankle that flex while you walk; so there is little to no contact while you take your strides. The quality on the upper seems durable even though the material is quite thin and dainty. The upper is layered where it needs to be to ensure you are reinforced in high impact areas. If you have anymore questions regarding the shoe itself about these please don’t hesitate to hit us up and we will do our best to answer!
Nike appears poised to make the Element 87 one of their crown jewels this year, so be prepared to see multiple new colourways fly on to shelves in the near future. Which means if you missed out on this release, don’t beat yourself up too bad.
One more time, shout out to Nike Toronto for hitting us with a pair of these – they are absolutely killer and they will be heavily broken-in by the time the summer is over.