React Element 87
Unveiled during UNDERCOVER®'s Paris FW18 in March 2018
- Nike x UNDERCOVER®
- Neon Volt Green Translucent Woven Mesh
- Translucent White Swoosh
- UNDERCOVER® Sidewall Branding
- Laceguard Panelling with Coloured Accents
- Red & White Striped Laces
- Woven Lace Loop System
- Heel Pull Tab
- Taped Seam on Heel Counter in Red
- Blue REACT Midsole & Outsole
Combining, aesthetic with function. The React Element 87 is a new silhouette introduced for 2018 that debuted at UNDERCOVER FW18 for Paris Fashion Week. The silhouette fused Nike's newest midsole and outsole innovation, React with a translucent tinted woven mesh upper. The material construction of the RE87 is relatively complex, taking cues from a variety of archive silhouettes such as the Nike Internationalist and the newer 2017 Zoom Fly; it utilises suede overlay panels, in addition to synthetic fabrics and rubber. Plenty of contrast is offered in UNDEROVER®'s Volt 87. It arrives in a neon volt green, with an eerie white Swoosh that blends in with the shoes translucent body. UNDERCOVER® branding is present above the Swoosh on both quarter panels. The lace guard mixes charcoal grey with a light beige and the heel accents feature both black and red. To complete the silhouette is the midsole with curved debossing in blue.
Silhouette Explored — History
Trade-offs. Many decisions come with trade-offs, in order to enhance one condition you selectively sacrifice another. 4 key conditions exist for enhancement in foam technology: weight, cushion, energy return and durability. React was introduced as the composite technology to optimise these 4 conditions in 2017. After 3 years of testing, thousands of hours on the hardwood and an unprecedented amount of mileage on the track, it debuted in the Nike Hyperdunk FK.
React is a form of cushioning technology built to maximise energy return whilst simultaneously maintaining a light step. Nike state how hard materials provide effective energy return and soft materials provide excellent cushioning, Nike sought to merge the properties that were desirable in the respective material types and React was the chosen child of invention. React is Nike's new generation foam infused sole and they boast that it generates at least a 13% energy return increase relative to the previous generation of Lunarlon foam. Nike React is a mono-structure, that is free of both glue and cement; the midsole and outsole are fused; the need to meet each idiosyncrasy created a unique tread pattern on the outsole that is made from varying depths to exercise durability and cushion simultaneously. React epitomises the depths Nike attempt to reach to deliver unparalleled athlete performance