Nike Epic React Flyknit’s inspiration and innovation
The Epic React Flyknit draws inspiration from Nike’s forerunners, the Waffle Racer and Lunarlon Trainer. Its sharp, classic lines are a nod to track spikes. However, the streamlined silhouette does favor a more narrow foot.
The flyknit bootie upper gives plenty of breathability and flexibility, allowing for toe splay and freedom of movement. Here’s what’s key: The upper hugs and holds your foot with just the right amount of strength. Some minimalist knits can feel too flimsy; your feet slide and crash against the shoe when you cut and pivot, while others can feel like they’re caging your feet, locking down too forcefully, causing numbness.
Though the greatest achievement is felt underfoot.
The midsole is visually striking, yes, but its function is most impressive. It maximizes the foam’s cushioning without compromising support. Nike carved away areas to improve flex and change the way it cushions: Areas with deeper grooves have more give when you land, so it feels even softer. Shallower divots were made in areas, like under the arch, where you need more structure and support.
Nike’s Epic React Flyknit strikes that sweet spot. You get a lightweight cushioned shoe that doesn’t over-control or correct your stride. In short: Responsiveness and support aren’t mutually exclusive.
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