The Nike Hyperdunk was the first model to use React technology. Now the Swoosh is expanding its latest cushioning platform to their running lineup by officially unveiling the Nike Epic React Flyknit.
It’s the first running shoe to feature Nike’s latest foam technology that’s designed to cushion the impact of each stride and offer the energy return needed to stay fresh late in a run.
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.
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.
Because the upper sits on one piece of foam, the outsole is essentially the same as the midsole, but with a segment of rubber under the forefoot and heel for added traction and to help enhance the shoe’s durability.
Nike Epic React Flyknit Release Date
Look for the Nike Epic React Flyknit to release on February 22nd at select retailers and Nike.com.