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WHAT THE FOAM?

IN FEBRUARY, NIKE RELEASED ITS EPIC REACT FLYKNIT RUNNING shoe. The sneaker is a sleek little number with a simple, knitted upper that sits atop a single layer of extra-thick “React” foam. In a trend sweeping the running-shoe industry, Nike is centering its attention and fanfare on the properties of this newfangled foam, rather than highlighting other parts of the shoe.

“React is our most complete foam ever,” gushes Ernest Kim, Director of Advanced Footwear at Nike Running. “You not only get great energy return—13 percent greater than Lunarlon—but a much softer experience as well.” For a runner who wants a shoe that feels springy and light and can hold up through plenty of miles, Kim believes Nike nailed it with React.

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