To infinity and beyond
In 2017, Nike React was launched – a foam technology that combined amazing cushioning with incredible energy return. As part of a running shoe, it was soft, resilient, lightweight and durable.
Now we have the Nike React Infinity Run, which takes this a stage further by incorporating the brand’s Zoom Vaporfly 4% design – this uses a carbon-fibre plate and a ZoomX midsole foam to improve running economy (the energy demand for speed and distance). In tests, this gave runners an average improvement of four per cent.
Nike calls this “a breakthrough shoe” – an advancement from traditional motion-control designs. The shoe has a soft, responsive platform, with a widened midsole and a rocker-like bottom – just like the regular 4% shoe – to give a fluid transition of foot-to-toe movement.
It feels stable and energetic, with the rocker-geometry said to encourage a slight lean forward for a natural feel of propulsion. The wider platform and the supportive foam provide a reassuring stance, reducing side-to-side movement. Runners in various tests have told Nike that they felt less pain in their knees and feet over time, leading to fewer injuries.
The Nike React Infinity Run will launch in February, with prices starting at AED799. Find the shoes at Nike stores across the UAE.