NIKE React Element 87 Review
Headquartered just outside of Portland Nike has become a staple in today’s society. They’re loved by the everyday consumers, by the celebrities and superstar athletes and currently, they’re the largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel. Not bad for a company that was founded by a track athlete and his coach.
In fact, Nike was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) and at first, was just a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger. Hey, they even did most of the early distribution and sales from the founder’s automobile, but it paid off big time. Oh and let’s talk about the Nike advertising strategy.
One memorable thing about Nike’s advertisement campaign is that they promote their products mostly with sponsorship agreements. Their first professional athlete endorser was the legendary Romanian tennis player Ilie Năstase, but one of the most memorable collaborations in history was with the NBA superstar Michael Jordan, back in the ’80s and ’90s. Signing Jordan to promote the Nike merchandise proved to be one of the most successful in history, and it’s remembered to this very day.
But today’s item for review is Nike’s latest product. The NIKE React Element 87 sneaker.
Light and Stable
That’s right. This particular model is perfect for running because there’s a significant amortization input in the creation of the outsole. Oh, and it's super soft to the touch too. There’s also a splash of color in the outsole too, but you can see that from the photos, right? Don’t just think that it’s your basic white outsole that you can essentially see on any other shoe. No, the interesting design and that Neptune green color that you can see in the title is mainly visible in the outsole. The green rubber dots as they’re lovingly called compliment well with the white base of the outsole and provide a lovely balance of texture and color
The exposed stitching at the heel is done with the recognizable Miami pink color, while a beautiful teal color that you might think it’s been stolen from the ocean (and that’s quite prominent in the outsole) appears again on the back of the shoes. Oh and with a beautiful deep blue color, the laces on top give a great pop of color among the dominant presence of grey and black. The blue laces provide great structure on the top of the shoes, and they don’t disappoint in terms of quality either.
Why? Because the upper is made from the material, and although does make it very light on the feet, at the same time it doesn’t provide the best support to the bottom part of the feet. The upper tends to collapse fairly easily when it’s not worn and very special attention should be put into the maintenance of the shoe because of that week material structure. Because of the light suede material used in that area of the sneakers, the foot doesn’t feel that grip and tight fit like it would from a shoe that has leather or other strong material in the upper.
It’s a type of a shoe that will fit nicely even with the customers that have wider feet, and they come in 10 different variety of color combinations. The sneakers best suit the active walker, the active runner and the gym aficionados that love to have a more physically active lifestyle. These sneakers are a seamless transition for the company form the old style and design to the new and improved react shoe that will fit just about anybody.
The react cushioning in the midsole has the center stage in terms of quality, since it gives the feet the much-needed balance, grip and structure without being overbearing or uncomfortable to the arches after a prolonged time on the feet. The react technology works wonders for this shoe, and what it lacks in the comfort and stability of the upper, it makes up with the flexibility and stability of the outsoles design.
The stylish yet practical rubber dots on the bottom of the show provide the much-needed traction when it’s worn on slippery or wet surfaces, and as overall quality, it very well justifies the money that you’ll be spending on this shoe. You’ll pay a little more than for the average sneakers, but this sneaker is not average in any way. Not in style, not in design, not in technology that was input in making this shoe and not in comfort that you’ll be given when you’re wearing it.