Nike React Element 87 has been making the rounds of the Internets for the last few weeks. Now, the shoe is finally official, but it won’t arrive in the States for a while.
Debuted on the Paris runway, the React Element 87 truly began with a slab of foam and a drill. According to Nike, the shoe was developed by the Nike Sportswear special projects team in an effort to maximize cushioning for everyday use — that means enhancing comfort underfoot for a variety of movements that people do daily like walking, standing, shifting, and occasionally, sprinting.
Nike Sportswear designers used a series of pressure maps and a drill to fill a slab of React foam with holes. According to Nike, the team discovered, through trial and error, which depths and densities accomplished the comfort goals they had set out.