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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Roshe followers are pleased with the release of the Roshe LD-1000 as it is light on the feet.
  • A reviewer liked how the design of the Roshe LD-1000’s tongue reveals its inner yellow foam through the unstitched end. The seemingly unfinished look replicates the tongue design of the OG Nike LD-1000.
  • Vintage sneaker enthusiasts adored the hints of old-school charm blended into this version, such as the branding on the tongue and stitching of the logo on the heel.
  • Nike didn’t skimp on the length of the flat laces on this Roshe model.
  • The sole is very sturdy.
  • A couple of reviewers who used this shoe standing long hours a day and on concrete floors highlighted how they were agreeably surprised with its cushioning. The Roshe LD-1000 didn’t hurt their feet and legs.
  • Won’t slip with its rubber waffle tread.
  • Great for everyday wear and very breathable.
  • Reliable sneakers for light exercises.
  • Buyers are happy that this shoe comes in attractive colorways.
  • Has a retro feel with a modern vibe.
  • The Nike Roshe LD-1000 is very economical just like the earlier Roshe edition.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The suede on the eyestay leaves some residue on the laces.
  • A reviewer pointed out that the leather lining rubs against the back of the heel when the Roshe LD-1000 is worn without socks.
  • Some wide footed buyers find the shoe kind of narrow.
  • The upper does not stretch a lot, as mentioned by a buyer.
  • One reviewer is a bit annoyed with the stitching in the toebox.

Bottom line

The Nike Roshe LD-1000 is a fusion of a bygone era and modern styling on a lifestyle sneaker. It is very light on the feet and comfortable, which makes it useful for multiple purposes such as running daily errands, doing casual work, and even going for minimal workouts at the gym. This vintage-inspired sneaker has a striking character that can be mixed and matched with a lot of casual clothing. One only needs to take note of its narrow width and leather lining. Other than those, perhaps, it’s safe to say that this versatile shoe has gone quite beyond what it can deliver considering its friendly price tag.


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Nike Roshe LD 1000 History

Nike resurrected its 1976 trainer the LD-1000, fused it with the 2012 Zen-inspired Roshe Run, and created a vintage-looking sneaker named Roshe LD-1000 in 2015. This offspring took the prominent traits of its predecessors that made the earlier sneakers popular at the time they were released.

The LD-1000 was one of the popular Nike nylon shoes in the 1970s that had a striking resemblance to the Cortez. It joined the squad of other sneakers during that time that had the same material for the upper, namely, the Waffle Racer, Oregon Waffle, and Daybreak.

Considered globally as a premium training shoe during its heyday, the Nike LD-1000 is a breakthrough design created by a team of runners and physicians, headed by track coach and Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman. The group aimed to produce a shoe that will prevent foot, leg, and knee injuries and at the same time improve runners’ performance best.

To achieve their goals, the team incorporated Bowerman’s famous Waffle sole and thought of redefining it to a flared-sole structure that’s less than five inches wide to provide strength in the heel region. The upgrade was made so that the shoe can deliver excellent traction, protection, comfort, and running stability. The upper was made of a solid nylon mesh fabric that’s long-lasting and breathes well.

With all these features integrated into the sneaker, it was aptly coined the Nike LD-1000. The LD is an abbreviation for Long Distance, which was intended for those who run 25 up to 1000 miles per year.

For a revamped look, the Roshe version of this classic silhouette is covered with a lightweight mesh and synthetic suede on its upper for the needed breathable comfort. It retained the Waffle outsole of the past with flex grooves in the forefoot.

The lightweight trait of the Roshe hierarchy is built into this new version as well. In 2010, Nike constructed a running shoe named Roshe Run that stripped off all the extra weight coming from the layers of cushioning of a standard trainer, such as the materials used in the heel and quarter support. It also eliminated the use of rubber molds for its sole and instead utilized an EVA compound with the durability of a soft rubber, which made this shoe very supportive.

In short, this minimalist shoe, which can be worn barefoot or without socks, harmoniously embodies the principles of Zen. Just like the Roshe Run, which started off with the concept of creating a $75 price point sneaker, the Nike Roshe LD-1000 is made available at a very economical price.

Nike Roshe LD 1000 Style

The Roshes have found a breed of followers since the minimalist Roshe Run was dropped at a very affordable price. Instantly it became a hot commodity as its design complements with a number of casual styles. With a splash of vintage appeal on the Roshe LD-1000, which comes in a lot of colorways, this version is certainly a conversation piece and a versatile one that can be matched with casual street style outfits.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Roshe LD-1000 can be obtained in men’s and women’s sizes. Men’s sizes range from 5 to 12 and women’s sizes are from 6 to 8.5. The shoe generally runs narrow and reviewers recommended to get a half size up, especially if one prefers to wear thick socks with this shoe. Since the upper does not stretch much, those with wider foot are advised to likewise go a half size bigger than their usual size to get the full benefit of this smart kicks.

Notable Features

Following the footprints of its predecessor, the Nike Roshe LD-1000 retained the lightweight appeal of the earlier silhouettes by using breathable mesh on its upper with a touch of suede on the eyestays towards the toe cap and the heel counter.  A simple full-length Pylon foam midsole also seen in the Roshe Run kept the sole light on the feet yet very comfortable.

Additional Info

  • The design of the Roshe Run was inspired by Zen’s ideals, fashioned by Nike’s Senior Creative Director Dylan Raasch. This shoe was greatly inspired by Raasch’s conformity to Zen’s principles of harmony and simplicity.
  • Roshe was derived from the word “Roshi,” a title given to a Zen master.
  • Premium edition of the Nike Roshe LD-1000 in a jet black finish was dropped in collaboration with fragment design led by Hiroshi Fujiwara. The same Japanese designer was absorbed into Nike’s high-end sub-brand HTM, working closely with other Nike’s big men Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker.
  • The Roshe LD-1000 made into completely black silhouette including its Swoosh branding, is added into the Serena Williams Greatness Collection. Apart from its overall dark tone, the upper is fashionably dressed in creased textile and leather.