Nike OverReact Flyknit ISPA Review
It had been awhile since I’ve genuinely liked a shoe that’s not “traditional”. Recently, Nike has previewed some of their new models within the ISPA (Improvise Scavenge Protect Adapt) line.
Of those, the Nike OverReact Flyknit immediately caught my attention. With luck I was able to purchase a pair online, but sadly not off the SNKR app, where my “L” streak continues to remain solid.
Because these where being shipped to me, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon delivery; the box instantly reminded me of a Nike “Off White” box, only a little more “beefed up”. Same brown tonal box with (futura extra bold) black writing.
However, unlike the Off White boxes, there is writing everywhere, which gave it a cool science project feel. In addition, there are also stickers meticulously placed on the box with various Nike information in them.
The thing worth noting is the box is made of 90% recycled material, which is also written on the box (in several languages). Once opened, it’s really nothing special, same standard tan dust paper and shoe stuffing.
Now it’s worth mentioning I own several pairs of Nike element reacts, and I’m a fan of Nike’s Flyknit too (Flyknit trainers are still a summer go to for me). So I’m familiar with how Nike’s react responds, as well as how Flyknit feels on foot.
This sole is nothing like any other react I’ve worn. The react sole encases your entire foot, hence the name suggest “overreact”. The shape is ergonomically designed with your foot in mind. Each step proceeds to comfortably roll my foot forward, with a bounce similar to Adidas boost.
If I were to compare it, it’s a very similar feel to the Adidas Yzy 350 V2, but with more heel support and cushioning. The upper is what you expect from flyknit, kind of airy/breezy. The strap system helps anchor your foot in place and makes the shoe feel secure but not choked.
The part that bothers me is the plastic outsole that comes up and wraps over the toecap. Because of how the sole is shaped, I can feel the front of my toes rub on the toecap/ outsole. It‘s not discomforting, but it is noticeable.
Like majority of my Nike’s I went true to size (US 9 for those wondering), and was praying that they fit since it’s a brand new model. Thankfully they do. The Flyknit upper is really easy to put on, however, unlike traditional shoes there is no string lace system.
Instead, it’s a crisscross ribbon that you pull to tighten once your foot is in, that anchors to the side with Velcro. There are two pull tabs on the back and one on the front that can come off. The pull tab in the front is locked in by a snap button, similar to varsity jackets. I’m curious to find something else I can put there instead, as it seem it’s there for aesthetics mostly.
As mentioned, the shoe is predominantly Flyknit and react. There are a few other synthetic/ plastic components as well, such as what covers toe cap, the ribbon eyelets, and ribbon anchor. The Flyknit is fairly thin with minimal padding on the inside. Viewing it, the materials look very futurist with how they overlap one another.
Overall, if you are looking for a comfortable shoe that’s going to turn heads then this is the one, as this shoe is very interesting to look at. I’m excited to add this into my everyday summer rotation and for anyone that’s a fan of footscapes, I can see this become a cult classic like them.
So far they only come in two color ways, of which I went with the “light bone”. It’s minimal with nice pops of orange here and there. A shoe this bizarre does not need a crazy color way in my opinion, but to each their own.