Runners asked for one shoe that could do it all: offer more cushion from the impact of each stride, give them the energy return needed to stay fresh late in a run, feel light underfoot and also be able to withstand wear and tear of impact and elements run after run. Nike innovators, chemists, engineers, and designers came together to deliver a solution in the form of a foam, called Nike React.
The shoe upper is simple. The forefoot, toe, and arch are very sculpted thanks to the one-piece Nike Flyknit bootie (which takes cues from the Nike Flyknit Racer) that was precision-engineered for support, flexibility, and breathability in the spots where runners need it. It’s minimal and close to the foot but still supportive.
Nike React foam is significantly softer than EVA-based foams of the past, it smooths bumps in the road more effectively — but the midsole had to be taller in order to avoid “bottoming-out” and wider to give runners a supportive base.
The Nike Epic React Flyknit will be available in two colourways February 22 on nike.com and at select retailers.