The decade of the 2010s was one to remember for sneakerheads. During the Summer of 2017, the Swoosh introduced their newest foam cushioning technology called REACT. Fast forward to two years later during the Summer of 2019, Nike unveiled their Joyride cushioning technology, which utilized thousands of tiny beads encased in zonally-tuned pods beneath the footbed. Now, as we have begun 2020, we have our first look at a brand new Swoosh model debuting the budget cushion of REACT and Joyride—the Nike Renew Joyride.
While the name may not seem all that creative, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Nike combine two cushioning systems into one shoe. Max Zoom (Air Max combined with Zoom Air) has been featured in several LeBron James signature models (most recently the LeBron 16), as well as the Air Max 270 React, combining REACT foam with Air Max 270° cushioning. The striking innovation doesn’t stop here, as a brand new Nike model called the “Renew Joyride” has surfaced.
The Nike Renew Joyride looks to arrive with a very similar tooling to the Nike Renew Run—a $90 running shoe with full length RENEW foam, which is extremely soft and plush in hand and underfoot. However, the Renew Joyride kicks it up a notch, and has a pod of Joyride beads exclusive to the heel. The outsole appears to be very reminiscent of the Renew Run and REACT Infinity Run. Rubber makes up the majority of the sole, with slight peaks of foam and Joyride bulging out. Completing the shoe is a low-top look, with a textile mesh upper which is overlaid by synthetic fuse paneling all across the shoe for durability and support.
Let us know what you think of the Nike Renew Joyride in the comments below. Keep it locked here as updates arrive regarding the potential release of the shoes likely later this Winter or in the Spring of 2020.