This Is How You Can Style the Upcoming Nike React Element 87

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Americans have had to wait the longest for what is perhaps Nike’s most hyped new sneaker l of 2018. Come Friday, July 13, however, the Nike React Element 87 will finally hit U.S. shores. Europe and the rest of Nike’s worldwide stockists received the sneakers in late June, meaning a select few sneakerheads have already been flexing their latest purchase online. This has allowed us to put together a short guide on how to best style the Nike React Element 87.

The translucent upper — which reminds us of the OFF-WHITE x Nike Zoom Fly that dropped in late 2017 — is a game-changer when it comes to styling, as it allows the wearer to experiment with different colored and patterned socks. In our selection below, you’ll find socks ranging from neon-colored to Gucci pattern-clad. Our in-house shopping whiz, Rhianna Matthews, recommends brands that utilize eye-catching prints and colors like Heron Preston, A-COLD-WALL*, and 1017 Alyx 9SM.

In addition, the React foam technology Nike uses for the midsole plays a large part in the futuristic aesthetic Nike has gone for with this release. To get the perfect level of comfort, Nike designers used a slab of foam and a drill to experiment which depths and densities of drilled holes achieved the wanted cushioning effect. The result is a unique midsole that looks a bit like the surface of an extraterrestrial planet.

Speaking of comfort, lean back, relax, and scroll through our selection of style inspiration below.

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