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  • Introducing the React City, the latest running shoe design from Nike that features the popular Nike React shoe technology. It is a running shoe that has been designed as a lightweight option for those runners who love to hit the pavement and are living in urban settings.
  • The React City is free of laces and can be quickly slipped on the runner's foot. It is then secured with an asymmetrical zipper at the front for a better locked-in feel. 
  • Designed in subtle colorways, the React City can be easily worn to work or school and transition as a running shoe without any inconvenience.
  • The React City is an urban running shoe that has been engineered with flexible uppers and lightweight materials. These lightweight features in the shoe's upper make the shoe ideal to be worn in a fast-paced lifestyle setting such as the city. This also makes the build of the shoe easy to carry around in a bag without the unwanted bulkiness.
  • In staying true to its function as a running shoe, Nike has incorporated in the React City the use of water-resistant foam, hits of 3M, and four sets of durable rubber patches located at the shoe's heel and toe areas.

The Nike React City is a neutral running shoe that is available in men's standard shoe sizes. The shoe's stretchable upper also guarantees to accommodate a wide range of users' feet. The React City is known to come in true to size fit and sizing. Just take note though, that although tagged as such, it would still be beneficial for potential users to visit the nearest running specialty shops to get their right React City fit. 

The React City is a tech-infused running shoe of this generation. And having said that, the outsole on the Nike React City features four sets of strategically placed rubber pods.  These rubber pods are found on the heel, toe, and opposite sides of the forefoot area. This feature provides excellent grip when running on rough surfaces.

The shoe's outsole is also color-blocked and then rounded off with an embedded Nike Swoosh.

Just like one of the popular Nike running shoes, the Epic React Flyknit 2,  the React City's midsole also sports Nike's highly responsive React foam midsole. It is a cushioning shoe technology that is 11% softer and provides 13% more energy-return compared to other brands' cushioning innovations. The React foam midsole also makes the shoe lightweight and durable for a smooth and responsive ride.

The Nike React foam cushioning technology is made of lightweight material and it provides a soft and springy sensation while walking or running. The foam offers an optimum level of shock absorption, allowing the user to move faster and shift direction instantly. In short, the React foam midsole guarantees a comfortable ride with every wear. 

Featuring a clean, simple, laceless upper, the React City slips on the wearer's feet easily, with its smart and functional asymmetrical zipper. It is designed to sit at the front of the upper to hold the runner's feet in place. The zipper locks in place during the run, but post-run, the wearer can conveniently air out the shoe by zipping it down.

The shoe's upper is created with a synthetic material, making it look sleek and stylish yet very functional. This technical zipped upper material also protects the shoe from water and wear.

The React City uses a knitted mid-height ankle bootie with pull-tabs for quick entry and fitted comfort. And since the stretchy black shroud hugs the foot, there is no more need for laces on this minimalist shoe design.

The React City is very urban-lifestyle oriented, and Nike made this loud and clear by releasing HyperCity editions of the shoe. The release showcases four colorways and graphics inspired by major cities Tokyo, Shanghai, London, and New York City.

The Tokyo pair flaunts a Blue Tint, Sail, China Rose, and Mahogany colorway with various graphics throughout representing the culture of Tokyo, Japan.

The Shanghai version sports a camouflage motif with a Jade Stone, Juniper Fog, Sequoia, and a Team Gold look.

Finally, the London and New York City pairs feature asymmetrical color blocking. For London, it involves colors such as grey, black, and red. While blue, orange and black colorways are depicted for New York City. All the different colors that could be possibly found in the hustle and bustle of both megacities.

One of Nike's great innovations is the React foam technology. It has its origins deeply rooted in the game of basketball when it was launched in June 2017. Basketball is a sport that requires players to change their speed and direction at any given moment seamlessly. It was then that the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit and the Jordan Super.Fly 2017 were first seen in action.

The React foam offers a sensation that is both springy and soft, as it is known to be squishy and stable. Nike has had more than 400 chemistry combinations and processing. It involved using different scientific methods that would eventually help identify which right materials to use to come up with the unique and functional composition for the Nike React foam.

It was then put through more than 2,000 hours of rigorous testing on the feet of basketball players, where it proved to be the most durable foam. It was also then that it was established that the React technology delivers excellent energy return by 13% more compared to that of the other brand's cushioning offers.

Having witnessed the wonders of the React foam technology, runners also wanted the same sensations of durability, comfort, and great energy return. Nike shoe engineers have then decided to transition the Nike React technology to running shoes and unleash the science behind the technology on the road.

It had finally hit the running world mainstream in early 2018 with the launching of the Epic React running shoe. It was followed later with the React Element 87 lifestyle shoe. This has made the React technology poised to be one of Nike's most significant cushioning platforms moving forward.

The React shoe technology is showing no signs of slowing down in conquering other fields of sports as it was also incorporated into Nike's golf footwear just last year.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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