Nike React technology is slowly climbing in popularity and beginning to reach close to the fandom that Nike’s Air Max shoe carry. Of course, this means that Nike has found a way to combine the two, starting with the React Air Max 270.
Nike’s Air Max franchise has been dominating the sneaker scene since the technology first burst onto the scene in the 1980s. Since then, Air has grown to become Nike’s most popular cushioning, appearing hundreds upon hundreds of different silhouettes for a variety of sports over the years. So, last year, when the brand introduced React, a new underfoot cushioning foam, some fans expected Air Max to roll over and make room. However, Nike had other plans, and today we have our first look at the hybrid Nike React Air Max 270, thanks to the US Women’s national soccer team.
The Nike Air Max 270 is a great introduction to these new hybrid midsoles. The shoe begins with a multi-layered upper, constructed from what appears to be a mix of mesh, neoprene, and faux-suede overlays. The lacing overlays are borrowed from the React Element line, which also shows some inspiration in the React portion of the midsole’s cutouts. Finally, a large 270 Air Bubble takes over the heel of the shoe, starting off in a subtle gold colorway to match the red, blue, and yellow uppers.
Nike’s next React silhouette, combining the midsole foam with Air Max cushioning technology, will be released sometime later this year, though an exact date has yet to be announced. We expect this hybrid silhouette to retail somewhere around $150, though this is based entirely on analysis of other recent similar shoes. Check out the teaser below for a better look at the React Air Max 270, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.