Size and fit

The Nike React Element 87 Undercover is released with a low-cut top. Due to its low top, the feet have an unlimited range of movement. It is also designed with a traditional lacing system. Because of this, it allows its users to adjust the tightness of the shoe according to their desired fit.

Nike React Element 87 Undercover Style

The Undercover x Nike React Element 87 is presented with youthful colorways. Even from a distance, it is easy for people to pick out the shoe. This sneaker is great for many street attire. It goes well with pants, shorts, or joggers paired with hoodies or shirts.

Notable Features

The most outstanding characteristic of this sneaker is its “UNDERCOVER” branding, which can be seen on the side of the upper. The shoe is designed with a translucent shell on the upper, it also has an exterior taping on the heel and a trail-running style laces. The midsole also made use of the React foam, which is Nike’s revolutionary technology.

The React foam is responsible for making each stride comfortable. The on-foot feel of the Nike React Element 87 Undercover is noticeably different from the React Element 87 because it replaced the cork footbed with mesh.

Nike React Element 87 Undercover History

The Nike React Element 87 bears a resemblance to Nike Internationalist. Moreover, it is, without a doubt, one of the brand’s popular products. Due to popularity, it was released on a number of colorways and was able to issue a collaboration design.

The designer, Jun Takahashi, first showcased his ideas on the React Element 87 during the UNDERCOVER’s fashion show in Paris in 2018. The Undercover x Nike React Element 87 is available in the following colorways: light beige chalk/university red/black/signal blue; volt/black/white/university red; green mist/summit white/deep burgundy/linen; and lakeside/night maroon/black/electric yellow.

However, compared to the runway version, there is a small difference on the released sneakers. The soles of some of the colorways are different from what was seen in the fashion show.

Nice to know

  • All of the colorways, four in total, were made available in the United States on September 13, 2018.
  • In Europe, the green mist/deep burgundy and light beige/chalk signal colorways were released on September 29, 2018.
  • On the runway, the volt/black/white/university red colorway has a red sole. But when it was dropped, it was replaced with an icy blue.
  • The Nike React Element 87 Undercover comes with an extra set of laces.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike React Element 87
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: UNDERCOVER
Collection: Nike React Element, Nike React
Closure: Laces

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.