How 3 Celebs Style the Nike React Element 87s

The Nike React Element 87 is one of the most popular sneakers on the market right now and has been since it was adopted into the kits of streetwear fanatics and celebrities around the globe last summer. A staple in sneaker rotations, this shoe’s versatile shape is a styling essential in many different wardrobes. Drake, Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Durant are among the many icons who are wearing the React Element 87s.

Years ago, the leading sneaker trend was all about iterations of the Adidas Ultraboost, where every color offering the brand produced would sell out almost instantly. However, after debuting on the runways at Paris Fashion Week in 2018, the React Element 87 was quick to dethrone the Boost. Borrowing design elements from heritage running styles, the shoe adds in ’90s-inspired colors and React cushioning technology that makes this shoe just as comfortable as it is fashionable.

Developed by Nike Sportswear’s special projects team, the main focus was to figure out how to maximize cushioning. Configured with pressure-mapped zones that cushion where it’s needed most, the shoe is made of a contemporary TPE yarn textile.

Here, Drake, Clarkson and Durant are embracing the shoe’s versatility, making compelling arguments for how the React Element 87 can be worn.

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Drake’s style over the past few years can be summed up as “technical.” While his own OVO label offers silhouettes of the same nature, he’s been known to wear styles from contemporary fashion labels like Stone Island, Moncler and Nike Sportswear. His closet contains lightweight rain jackets, fitted crewnecks and slim-fitting cargo pants that pair well with technical-looking Nike and Jordan clothes. Here, Drake wears a technical sportswear jacket with technical pants to give his Nike React Element 87s a futuristic look that’s minimal and totally wearable.

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Jordan Clarkson

Clarkson has already established himself as an up-and-coming star in the NBA. His style is also that of a veteran MVP. With a look that embodies the appeal of Southern California, Clarkson is known for wearing cool cargo pants, oversized flannels and boxy-fitting tees. Despite his young age, he knows how to dress with sophistication and be on trend—even if he’s just wearing something casual. In this instance, Clarkson wears a pair of tailored sweats tucked into socks and React Element 87s with a university-inspired tee and a plaid coat.

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Kevin Durant

Similar to the way he likes his signature shoes to be designed, Durant’s personal style is easygoing. Like his KD basketball sneakers in the Nike collection, he likes his clothes to be loose, comfortable and simple, pulling inspiration from Nike’s lifestyle offerings. Durant never looks too flashy before a game. Mostly because he doesn’t need to. That being said, he still wears some of the most coveted sneakers in the game. In this instance, he’s wearing Rhude’s Rhonda sweatshirt that has since become a grail amongst streetwear enthusiast, joggers and a pair of Nike React Element 87s.

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