Size and fit

The lightweight and low-top construction of this shoe permit ankle mobility and flexible foot movement, while its textile or mesh upper allows a breathable, snug, and a sock-like fit. A standard lace-up closure system is in place for a personalized fit that can be tightened or loosened. The collar is cushioned for additional comfort and protection around the ankle.

Nike Roshe One Style

The Nike Roshe One is a low-top sneaker with minimal design and lightweight construction. It is available in a myriad of colorways that range from subdued tones to vibrant ones, printed with patterns or graphics, and even with different upper materials.  

Considered as one of the staple kicks in the fashion scene since its initial release, the Roshe One only proves that it is adaptable to any style for men and women alike. It can be dressed down with jogger pants or leggings and a basic shirt, or be dressed up with a pair of nice jeans, shorts, or even shirt dresses. Its minimal and straightforward aesthetic permits versatility that it can be worn with basically anything while giving a hint of sporty casual flair.   

Notable Features

The Nike Roshe One may have a basic and minimal design, but it still delivers comfort-wise. The upper is made of textile or mesh construction that provides superior breathability on foot. There is a durable overlay on the midfoot for the much-needed support, while the waffle lug outsole offers durability and traction. The midsole exhibits a full-length Phylon foam. The large Swoosh is prominent on the sides.

  Nike Roshe One VS Nike Roshe Two

The Nike Roshe One (then known as the Nike Roshe Run) was a sure hit immediately after its launch in 2012. Four years after, Nike finally debuted its successor – the Nike Roshe Two.


The Roshe Two retained the upper design and aesthetics of its core model but with upgraded materials. While the Roshe One has a one-piece mesh upper, the Roshe Two received a one-piece neoprene-like material for improved sturdiness while maintaining the lightness and breathability that the Roshe One has become known for.  
Another notable difference is the Swoosh. Since the side Swoosh on the Nike Roshe One is printed and often peels off easily, the issue has been addressed on the Roshe Two upgrade. The side Swoosh on the newer silhouette is embossed not just for a clean look but also for a hard-wearing branding. The tongues of the two sneaker models also differ. The upgraded tongue on the Roshe Two sneakers has distinctive perforation detailing which increases foot ventilation hence added comfort.

  Sole Unit

One significant difference between the Nike Roshe One and the Nike Roshe Two sneakers is the midsole tooling. The former features a Phylon foam insole, which received a backlash primarily for its minimal (or for some, lack of) cushioning. This known issue has also been addressed in the Roshe Two with its upgraded sole unit. Rather than the sole unit of the original Roshe, the Roshe Two features a tri-density sole unit or three different layers of Phylon foams for optimum cushioned comfort, durability, and support.   

  Nike Tanjun vs. Nike Roshe One

After the successful debut of the Roshe One, Nike came up with the silhouette of Tanjun that is eerily similar to the sought-after sneaker. When the Nike Tanjun was unveiled in 2015, sneaker fans were very much interested and intrigued as the new design largely took its cue from the Roshe. However, in just a span of a few years, the former successfully established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the sneaker world.

Both kicks have breathable mesh uppers and no-sew toe boxes. Their lightweight design can be attributed to the cushioned Phylon midsole. However, the Tanjun has a seamless construction, while the Roshe One has several stitched panels, making the former look more minimalistic.

Regarding the Nike Tanjun vs. Roshe differences, the former showcases eye-catching metal eyelets. Furthermore, the Roshe’s Swoosh logo is on the mesh material itself, while the Tanjun sports a leather Swoosh. Another dissimilar feature is the presence of pull tabs on the Roshe.

Finally, the Roshe has a slightly higher collar height, giving it an almost cleat-like look. Taking these features into consideration, it's clear that the Nike Tanjun has a more straightforward approach, while the Roshe One keeps an edgier vibe.

Nike Roshe One History

Nike introduced the Nike Roshe One in 2012 then as the Nike Roshe Run. Nike designer Dylan Raasch designed it with inspirations drawn from the Zen master "Roshi." It was named “Roshe," as an alternative spelling since the "Roshi" name cannot be used for legal reasons. The colors of a Zen garden inspired the original “Iguana” colorway, with the soles taking inspiration from stepping stones.

The design process was not a breeze, though. It commenced way back in 2010 with an idea of creating a new Nike shoe that is simple, minimal, versatile, and has a lower price point. These considerations led to a design concept that it should be comfortable with or without socks on for anything may it be walking, running, or traveling. Before finalizing its design, the Roshe Run underwent 16 revisions on the outsole and over 50 revisions on the upper.

The introduction of the Roshe Run in the market was surprisingly a huge success, especially since its release had no form of promotional campaign or celebrity endorsements. The general public welcomed it positively, and it instantly became a popular choice for sneakerhead and non-sneakerheads alike.

The popularity of the lightweight, contemporary low-tops is undeniable especially with its countless colorways and different iterations that released throughout the years. In 2015, the crowd-favorite Nike Roshe Run was officially renamed as the Nike Roshe One when its successor, the Nike Roshe Two, made a grand entrance. The same year, it was given a "Retro" iteration through the Nike Roshe One "Retro" release. It was, however, a unique rendition of the silhouette that took inspiration from the classic Swoosh kicks such as the Cortez and the Waffle Trainer. The release of this retro version did not mean that the contemporary Nike model was being acknowledged as a retro model.

  Noteworthy Nike Roshe One colorways for men

  Nike Roshe Run “Iguana”

Pioneering the long list of Nike Roshe One colorways is the introductory Nike Roshe Run “Iguana.” It dropped initially in March 2012 with a simple mesh upper in “Iguana green” hue. A contrasting black Swoosh dons the sidewalls, while a clean sail sole unit sits below.  

  Nike Roshe Run “Triple Black”

Released initially in August 2014 is a “Triple Black” edition of the well-loved Nike low-tops. The name itself is a giveaway. Ideal for those looking to cop a pair of black Nike sneakers, this kick features a monochromatic black color from the laces, heel tab, mesh upper, Swoosh brandings, and down to the entire sole unit.

  Notable releases of the Nike Roshe One for women

  Nike WMNS Roshe Run “Atomic Pink”

These Nike Roshe One women's shoes made a debut in June 2013 just for the ladies. A pink mesh base dons the upper with hints of metallic silver detailing on the side Swoosh, tongue, inner linings, laces, and soles for added flair.

  Nike WMNS Roshe Run “Geometric”

Dropped on May 3, 2013, is a one-of-a-kind black Nike Roshe One for women. Called officially as the “Geometric” and otherwise referred to as the “Metric” colorway, it features an all-black base upper dressed in a geometric tile pattern with metallic silver accents on the heel tab and tongue. The unique upper sits atop a matching black sole.

  Collaborative Nike Roshe One releases

  size? x Nike Roshe Run “Urban Safari”

On June 14, 2013, Nike and size? together released the second part of the “Urban Safari” pack which involved the lightweight Nike Roshe Run silhouette. The exclusive collection included two eye-catching Roshe Run colorways inspired by the Mowabb and the Lava High - the “Sand/ Hyper Blue/ Crimson” and “Black/ Poison/ Pink.” Both exhibit a tonal mesh upper with pops of vibrant hues on the patterned Swoosh, heel tabs, and inner linings, and a speckled midsole.  

The size? x Nike Roshe Run Urban Safari in Sand/ Hyper Blue/ Crimson colorway displays a mesh base upper in sand color with a touch of vibrant blue inner linings and blue/crimson heel pull tab while the midsole dons speckled detailing. The size? x Nike Roshe Run Urban Safari in Black/ Poison/ Pink, on the other hand, flaunts a dominantly black upper with patterned grey side Swoosh, striking pink linings, neon pink/green heel loop tab, and speckled midsole.

  size? x Nike Roshe Run “Cement Pack”

UK-based retailer size? collaborated with the Swoosh brand for a noteworthy take on the then-called Nike Roshe Run silhouette. Dubbed as the “Cement Pack” is a collection consisting of two colorways of the minimalist low-top lifestyle shoe. Each pair is constructed with cement-patterned suede paneling in “Laser Orange/ Grey” and “Tropical Teal/ Deep Royal” colorways. The exclusive pack dropped in limited quantities in October 2013.

The Nike Roshe Run Cement in Laser Orange/ Grey colorway features a grey-based mesh upper with hints of vibrant orange on the side cement-printed Swoosh brandings, heel loop tabs, and inner linings. The Tropical Teal/ Deep Royal colorway, on the other hand, features a vibrant teal mesh upper with a deep royal, cement-printed Swoosh branding. More hints of deep royal are seen on the eyelets and tongue tab.  

  Flavio Samelo x Jayelle Hudson x Nike Roshe Run “Pulso Forte”

This creative take on the Dylan Raasch-designed Roshe Run sneaker is a special and exclusive treat just for the ladies. This women’s Roshe features a unique design with black and white photography graphics inspired by architecture and nature. Its color palette includes volt, grey, white, and black. The “Pulso Forte” edition of the Roshe Run sneakers made a debut on July 11, 2014.   

Nice to know

  • In 2016, or four years since it was launched, the Nike Roshe One still made it as one of the top 10 sneakers in the US-based on dollar sales.
  • It took Nike four years before it released the succeeding model of this shoe – the Nike Roshe Two. 
  • The Nike Roshe One has also been released in a version which utilizes an all-black Flyknit construction with a mix of leather accents on the upper, a heel with embossed geometric shapes, and an updated Swoosh presentation. 
  • Several celebrities have been photographed wearing their Roshe Ones, such as Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Colin Kaepernick, Nick Young, Soulja Boy, Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith, Jonah Hill, Queen Latifah, Alessandra Ambrosio, and many others.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Roshe
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Dylan Raasch
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.