Brand: UNDERCOVER x Nike
Model: React Element 87
Key Features: The midsole features Nike’s revolutionary new React foam technology, while the upper makes use of a translucent shell, exterior taping on the heel, an exposed lace collar, and trail-running style laces. UNDERCOVER branding can be seen throughout.
Release Date: September 13 for all four colorways in the United States. Europe will see the lakeside/electric yellow and volt/university red pairs drop on September 13, while the green mist/deep burgundy and light beige/chalk signal colorways drop on September 29.
Price: $180 / €160 at Nike.com and £139 at END. Clothing (approximately $180)
Editor’s Notes: Jun Takahashi first unveiled his take on Nike’s React Element 87 at UNDERCOVER’s Paris Fashion Week FW18 show back in early March. Two months later, we got our first look at a number of UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 colorways. Now, Highsnobiety has gotten up close and personal with four colorways, which you can see in the shots above.
The colorways are: light beige chalk/university red/black/signal blue; volt/black/white/university red; green mist/summit white/deep burgundy/linen; and lakeside/night maroon/black/electric yellow. The translucent upper gives the sneakers the deconstructed look that has been popular with designers such as Alexander Wang and Virgil Abloh, while the React foam midsole — which some say is more comfortable than adidas’ Boost technology — all-but guarantees next-level comfort.
There have been some noticeable changes to the final release compared with the runway versions. The lakeside/night maroon/black/electric yellow colorway has a completely different sole. The ones that caught people’s eye at Paris Fashion Week had a coordinating night maroon sole. Similarly, the volt/black/white/university red colorway replaces the red sole with an icy blue one for the production version.
Regarding how these stack up compared to the standard React Element 87, the differences are a little more than just cosmetic. Aside from the obvious UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahashi stamp on the uppers, the cork footbed has been replaced with a mesh one (similar to how Tom Sachs’ Mars Yard 2.0 came with both options) and the colors coordinate with the uppers of the shoe. As a result, the on-foot feel is drastically different from the other React Element 87 models. They also come with a set of extra laces, another thing that sets them apart from the general release.
Nike has confirmed a September 13 release date for these four UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 sneakers. For an additional look, peep our unboxing below.
In addition to the UNDERCOVER x Nike iterations, the Swoosh has already dropped various non-collab colorways. Read here for more information.
Flip through the images above and let us know which colorway is your favorite in the comments.
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