Cop It, Then Rock It
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If you’ve been eagerly waiting to cop a pair of Nike React Element 87s on drop day, your time has come. Releasing in black and white translucent colorways, the sneaker reaches the U.S. today, July 13, after a fast sell out in Europe a few weeks back. But if the excitement of possibly catching a W on the shoe has overtaken, you’ll probably not have overlooked one crucial matter — how you’re going to style them.

The see-through upper of the new React Elements makes for a sneaker that’s completely versatile, with opportunities to restyle it into a new shoe with every wear. And while a cork footbed that’s primed for keeping funky odors at bay means the sneakers can be worn barefoot, we at Highsnobiety are arguing the case for a decent rotation of socks to truly take these kicks to the next level.

You might have already got some styling inspiration from those who’ve been rocking the sneakers through Paris Fashion Week, the best of which we highlighted earlier this week in a round-up of how early adopters have been rocking the see-through shoes. But here at Highsnobiety, we have our own ideas for socks that’ll elevate your freshly-purchased pair of Nike React Element 87s, whichever colorway you choose.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the dopest socks that’ll provide you with a variety of looks, whether you’re in it for the black or white pairs.

If you’re copping the white colorway, we’ve found you some options including a pair from Heron Preston’s collaboration with NASA, and some tie-dye Palm Tree socks from Urban Outfitters. Meanwhile, if you’re hoping not to catch an L on the black colorway, an investment in some flex-worthy all-over Gucci logo socks will have all eyes on your feet, while a more low-key look calls for an all-black pair from A-COLD-WALL*.

So put your money where your shins are and be an optimist ahead of the React Element drop — you may just be getting 10 shoes for the price of one.

Socks to go with the white colorway

Socks to go with the black colorway

Now, check out the newly emerged colorways of the Nike React Element 87.

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