Nike React Element 87

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  • Instead of reading an article about how to wear the Nike React Element 87 with pictures that taints your ideas on how to style them, let’s talk about how they have made a strong influence in sneaker culture in such a short amount of time. I believe it’s way too soon to say it’s the sneaker of the year but it is a great candidate since its premier at Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER Paris Fashion Week show. It’s unique silhouette and translucent shell has caught the attention of many sneaker heads and those who aren't. This year Virgil’s Off White X Converse Chuck 70 released, sharing a translucent almost transparent shell like the React's which make them easy to color coordinate depending on a minuscule choice of sock color. A big difference between the Nike React Element and the Off White Chuck 70's, I would say, is how they're available. Nike seems to offer more than one color way retailing at $160 along side their collaboration with UNDERCOVER versus Virgil's Chuck 70s released in May earlier this year and it retailed at $130. They're currently in the resale market for more than a grand. If you're a sneaker head you're probably exhausted from seeing many people wearing the same thing, (Air Jordan 1's & Yeezys), if you aren't and you're looking for something thats out of the ordinary I'd say that the Nike React Element 87 is a style worth obtaining. The majority of people who are comfortable in their Yeezy and Jordan aesthetic won't realize the value of the Nike React Element after witnessing how easy these sneakers are to style and their attractiveness.

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  • Before their general release I've started seeing sneaker heads like Sean Wotherspoon rock his pair of Reacts and others too. I've seen nothing but positive feedback from them and this only creates more hype seeing someone with a strong influence in sneaker culture owning a pair before a U.S. release. It convinces Sean's fanbase to potentially try to own a pair, especially if you've witnessed his success with his Nike collaboration.
  • Technology plays a role in it too. The sole was improved to increase the quality of comfort throughout daily use. With a drill and a pressure point map, Nike designers tested, and experimented creating a new foam sole similar to the Nike Epic React. Now you can walk from Broadway Lafayette & East Houston street to Union Square with much ease.
  • I'm gonna take it back one year to a shoe I wish I owned right now, and thats the Nike Dunk High in collaboration with COMME des GARCONs HOMME Plus. Released in 2017, its a sneaker with a transparent shell. The Dunk being a classic silhouette, a style that can go with anything especially in this color way. Like the Nike React Element you can color coordinate away by having some fly ass socks or be like me and own multiple pairs of black socks. Although I'm not a huge fan of Dunks the transparent shell doesn't make me shy away from styling these in anything I can imagine. If it can trigger me this way I hope by me sharing how I feel about a design like this motivates you the same way. 

Photo via  Hypebeast

Photo via Hypebeast

The Nike React Element 87 will be available in the U.S. on July 13th.