Updates to Nike Odyssey React Shield 2

  • The Nike Odyssey React Shield 2 is a neutral running shoe that is designed to support runners who have a higher and more stable arch. Its lightweight design is intended to improve the running speed of the user in every mile. 
  • One notable update in this road running shoe is the water-repellent upper material that keeps the foot dry even in wet conditions. Reflective detailing is also used in the upper to keep the wearer safe when running in the dark. 
  • The Nike React foam in the midsole unit provides a smooth and responsive ride, while the rubber material incorporated in the outsole delivers a significant amount of traction. The midsole and outsole materials are working together to give the user a flexible and responsive ride without sacrificing durability. 


Enhancing the grip on slick surfaces is the highly durable rubber material utilized in the outsole section of the Odyssey React Shield 2. This component provides a great amount of traction on various surfaces and protection against the unpredictable ground. The outsole design has channels that effectively shed water, improving the gripping performance of the platform. 

Special rubber materials are placed beneath the forefoot and heel sections. These components help boost the shoe’s traction on wet surfaces while maintaining a smooth and cushioned ride. 


Providing a soft and responsive ride is the Nike React technology featured in the midsole section. React cushioning is flexible yet durable enough to resists compression. It is designed to withstand rigors and inclement weather conditions. This component also provides excellent energy return in every step.

This running companion comes with a removable insole that provides additional cushioning and underfoot protection. It can also be replaced with a new insole or a custom orthotic insert if the user prefers. 


Odyssey React Shield 2 features a water-repellent upper that helps protect the foot in wet conditions. It keeps the foot dry for a long time. The stretch lining incorporated in the upper also offers a sock-like feel, keeping the foot comfortable. 

The padded collar and tongue provide comfort around the heel while walking or running. The heel shelf that holds the heel in place prevents the foot from sliding up and down the shoe. 

Odyssey React Shield 2 features the toggle lacing system that allows for easy adjustments in cold, wet weather. This running partner also utilizes reflective detailing that allows the shoe to be visible in places that are shrouded in low light. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 312g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 28mm
Collection: Nike React

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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