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. tomorrow, 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.
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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 tomorrow — you may just be getting 10 shoes for the price of one.
Now, check out the newly emerged colorways of the Nike React Element 87.
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