Back in February, Nike unveiled its Epic React Flyknit sneaker. The release was Nike’s answer to adidas’ imminent monopolization of the foam market. With a flyknit upper atop a dense, durable layer of React foam, the innovative shoe marked Nike’s complete transition to comfort in the midst of a growing obsession with all things foam. While adidas’ continues to dominate with its proprietary Boost technology, Nike has seemingly fallen off in the last few years in an attempt to catch up. With adidas’ Ultra Boost sneaker garnering mass acclaim, it seems sleek design is no longer the core focus, rather an emphasis on the performance-enhancing qualities and technology. Now, with the release of the Nike React Element 87 and 55, Nike may have found its response to adidas’ lauded Ultra Boost in both design and performance.

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