Who should buy the Nike Roshe One

This first in the Nike Roshe series, the Roshe One is an agile sneaker that wears minimalism on its sleeve. It's the right pair for you if:

  • You like flashing it out there under a pair of joggers or mildly faded jeans.
  • Well-fitting kicks that provide all-day comfort are your thing.
  • You're looking for budget-friendly Nike sneakers that come in many fun colorways.

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Who should NOT buy it

If you doubt the Roshe One's durability, consider the sturdier and chunkier-underfoot Nike React Vision. You also might want to check out the Air Max Plus if a springier kick is what you prefer.

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Enduring plushness and comfort

Many users say that the Roshe One can be worn all day long without getting tired feet. This quality, among others, compels sneakerheads to recommend said shoe highly.

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Encapsulates simplistic beauty

It has a minimalist but very stylish appeal, according to many.

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Nike Roshe One: Better in the flesh

Purchasers swear that the shoe looks a lot better in person. Case in point: they receive lots of compliments whenever they strut their Roshe Ones.

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Might not last

Several reviews emphasize how flimsy the Nike Rose One shoe is. There have been reports that the side Swoosh peels off easily after wearing the shoe only a few times.

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Hit-or-miss default footbed

The shoe's bumpy insole can be mildly irritating for a few wearers.

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The Roshe One's glove-like confines

Purchasers love that this Nike model fits nicely with or without socks.

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The history of the Roshe One

Nike introduced the Roshe One in 2012 as the Nike Roshe Run. Nike designer Dylan Raasch engineered 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 the 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 and for different uses—from walking to running to 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 among sneakerheads 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 Nike Roshe One when its successor, the Nike Roshe Two, made its debut. 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.

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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 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.