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


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.


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.


We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several users expressed how the Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM feels comfortable on the foot.
  • The shoe is highly recommended, according to most of the reviewers.
  • A user expressed that he got lots of compliments when wearing the shoe.
  • Some reviewers said that the shoe looks good.
  • A user expressed that he/she was glad about buying the shoe and would definitely get another pair.
  • One buyer stated that this shoe is the best Nike casual he/she had in years.
  • One reviewer pointed out that the shoe does not need any break in period.
  • A variety of colorways are available for a buyer to choose from.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM is sold at a slightly expensive price.

Bottom line

The Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM is a mixed design of the Nike Waffle Racer and the Nike Roshe Run. This hybrid shoe offers a rather comfortable feeling for the foot. The lightweight full-length Phylon midsole taken from the Nike Roshe provides lightweight cushioning as well as durability. The waffle outsole from the Nike Waffle Racer offers a heritage look for the shoe. The suede and nylon upper of the shoe gives off a retro feel.



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Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM History

First released in 1974, the Nike Waffle Trainer was designed as a running shoe which was a result of Bill Bowerman’s shoe experimentation. He aimed to provide a good lightweight running shoe for the runners. The shoe featured a waffle iron outsole which offered great traction for the runners.

A second version for the shoe was then released in 1975. The new variation of the trainers featured a flared outsole that provides an increased traction for the runners. In 1976, the UCLA colorway of the shoe was released and then by 1977, the brand issued the Lady Waffle Trainers. The UCLA colorway was then re-released in 2002.

The Nike Roshe Run was first introduced to the public back in 2012 without having any kind of promo from the brand. Nike Designer, Dylan Raasch, took inspiration in designing the silhouette from the Roshi Zen Master. By 2015, Nike changed the name of the Roshe Run officially to Roshe One.

Nike then started fusing the Roshe silhouette with their classic silhouettes and released hybrid silhouettes such as the Nike Roshe LD-1000 and the Nike Roshe Cortez. After the release of the two models, the brand then again used the Roshe and combined it with another Nike Classic: the Waffle Racer. The shoe featured mostly the look of the Waffle Racer but it definitely carries the Roshe feel in it.

Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM Style

A versatile casual shoe is what the Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM exhibits. The versatility of the shoe is proven as to how one can use the shoe in different kinds of functions. It can be a good pick for some fitness purposes such as a finish for a gym-attire when going in for training. The shoe can also be a great choice for a complement for a street style look when going out with some friends. It can also work as an everyday shoe. The Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM looks great when paired with a pair of skinny jeans, cuffed fitted jeans, fitted joggers, jogger jeans, basketball shorts for men, and leggings for women.

Fit & Sizing

The lace-up closure system of the Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM provides an adjustable fit for the wearer. The shoe is offered in men’s sizing which ranges from size 7 to size 13. Half sizes are also offered for the shoe. It fairly runs true to size.

Notable Features

The comfort offered by the Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM is what mostly got the appreciation from most of the buyers. They expressed how much they love the comfortable feeling they get when wearing the shoe. Several wearers were also glad about the stylish of the shoe. They said they loved how it looks and they enjoy the compliments they get as they wear these pair of kicks.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Roshe Waffle Racer NM may be sold out in some retailers.
  • The shoe is provided with flat laces.
  • Nike branding can be observed on the tongue and heel of the shoe.
  • The traditional Swoosh branding can be seen on the sides of the shoe.