#FitPH - Nike’s Newest Innovation: The Running Shoe That Can Do It All!
Runners asked for one shoe that could do it all: offer more cushion from the impact of each stride, give them the energy return needed to stay fresh late in a run, feel light underfoot and also be able to withstand wear and tear of impact and elements run after run. Nike innovators, chemists, engineers and designers therefore came together to deliver a solution in the form of a foam, called Nike React. Nike React technology delivers a soft, smooth and responsive ride mile-after-mile and is ideal for distance workouts, recovery runs and progression runs.
- The one-piece Nike Flyknit bootie was precision-engineered for support, flexibility and breathability.
The shoe’s upper is simple. The forefoot, toe and arch are very sculpted thanks to the one-piece Nike Flyknit bootie (which takes cues from the Nike Flyknit Racer) that was precision-engineered for support, flexibility and breathability in the spots where runners need it. It’s minimal and close to the foot but still supportive.
- The midsole extends beyond the upper around the heel to provide the cushioning runners want and the stability they need.
In comparison, the tooling is relatively pronounced and exaggerated. Because Nike React foam is significantly softer than EVA-based foams of the past, it smooths bumps in the road more effectively — but the midsole had to be taller in order to avoid “bottoming-out” and wider to give runners a supportive base. To solve for that, designers extended the midsole beyond the perimeter of its upper around the heel to provide both the cushioning runners want and the stability they need.
- Deeper parts on the midsole and outsole indicate areas of more cushioning and shallower portions produce more firmness.
Computational design, which enables rapid data-driven ideation, was used to create the midsole, which is one piece of Nike React foam (with no carrier, cement or glue). This method allowed for engineering the surface of the midsole to deliver cushioning and support in the specific spots needed during a run, while eliminating material wherever it’s not absolutely necessary in order to keep weight to a minimum. The visually complex pattern varies in depth, where deeper parts indicate areas of more cushioning and shallower portions produce more firmness.
The Nike Epic React will be available on February 22 for P7,645, available at Nike Park Fort, The Athletes Foot Glorietta 2, Nike Park UP Town, Nike Park Glorietta 4, Intersports Vertis, and Park Glorietta 4.
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