Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike React Element 55 SE strikes the majority of reviewers as both classic and futuristic.
  • Flocks of shoppers are captivated by its standout silhouette and unique, bright color schemes.
  • More than a handful of wearers share about getting compliments from friends and onlookers—both male and female.
  • Various users, whose jobs demand long hours of standing, walking, and even running, remark that the Element 55 SE delivers long-lasting comfort.
  • Plenty of testers—two of them with Achilles tear and neuropathy—are impressed with the React midsole cushioning, which feels pleasantly soft and bouncy underfoot.
  • Some reviewers prefer the React midsole over the Ultraboost and Vapormax.
  • Many users are stunned by the Element 55 SE’s functionality, given that it’s a lifestyle sneaker.
  • The Element 55 SE weighs unbelievably light.
  • Many happy customers consider collecting Element 55 SEs in different colorways.  

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several customers have pointed out that the tongue is thin and flimsy, and tends to twist, fold, and slip to either side.
  • A few reviewers say that this sneaker’s durability is questionable.
  • The toe box feels too narrow to a couple of wearers, with one comparing its tightness to a soccer cleat.

Bottom line

Nike unleashes the React Element 55 SE to beef out its main model’s wide-ranging colorways and styles. This special edition packs a set of twists—new color concepts, grid-textured and rugged-vibed uppers, and reflective details that glow in the dark. All this adds an interesting depth to the Element 55 silhouette.

The signature React foam midsole—Nike’s most responsive and lightest material—remains underfoot, delivering an extremely cushioned ride. 

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Good to know

The Nike React Element 55 SE’s low-top built allows the ankles to exercise full mobility in each stride. Then a traditional lace-up closure fastens up the thin textile upper while securing the feet with a custom, lockdown fit. It also comes with a heel pull tab for easier entry. 

This Nike trainer’s heritage is mainly rooted in a running heritage, as seen from its silhouette and colorways. Wearers often pair these React Element casual shoes with athleisure such as joggers, sweatpants, and jeans finished with a tank top or a plain tee. That never goes wrong.

Now the special edition broadens its versatility by introducing clean, subtle colors and taking fresh colors from trail shoes. As a result, the Element 55 SE comes in a surprising set of colorways, from simple to vivacious pops for every personality. Here are the white sneakers: SU19 white/pure platinum, SU19 white/game blue, and SU19 white/university red. Lastly, here are the colorful pairs: grey multicolor and black/teal.   

Despite how audacious, futuristic, and colorful the Element 55 SE looks, it’s when it’s worn that it does what it does best—delivering to the feet the maximum comfort and cushioning possible. Proudly Nike, the peerless React foam midsole is indeed the best of its kind.

In 2017, Nike had first used the React foam tech in basketball shoes such as the Jordan Super Fly and React Hyperdunk, with aims to provide players with superior cushioning and energy return. After that, the React midsole appeared in Nike running shoes, e.g., the Epic React. Then it didn’t take more than a year for the React to makes its debut in the lifestyle silhouettes.

What became the foremost Nike React silhouette is the React Element 87, which had swept the masses of sneakerheads. Seeing the success of the Element 87, Nike decided to follow it up with an affordable, more accessible version—albeit not lesser, but rather different. That is the Element 55. After first appearing in two colorways, one of which is the unforgettable Spruce Aura and Vulc colorway, the Element 55 appeared in more colorways. Now, Nike introduced the Element 55 SE to further stretch the range of the Element 55 in more futuristic styles and colors.

  • Rubber pods are placed in specific sole areas where support and stability are most needed.
  • It has an asymmetrical tongue, which adds distinctiveness to its style.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.