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Nike Roshe VS Adidas Boost – History and comparison

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  • October 27, 2016

Nike Roshe VS Adidas Boost

It’s a fact that Nike and Adidas are two of the most popular brands in the world. It’s always interesting to take a look back and get reminded of some beginnings and compare them to what these brands’ success represents nowadays. Nike Roshe Run versus Adidas Boost topic was always particularly interesting.

History of the models along with the comparison can help in creating a big picture and distinguishing some important things.

The History of Roshe Run

When designer Dylan Raasch came up with the Nike Roshe sneaker model back in 2010, he was pretty new to Nike and because of this, his design idea was met with skepticism. However, when the shoes released in 2012, they took the sneaker world by storm.

These shoes were unique and simple in their design and versatility as they could be worn, not just while running, but also during any type of physical activity or even when simply just walking around.

Their construction consisted of a soft and pliable two piece upper, minimal lacing, and a one-piece sole (combined the midsole and rubber bottom). They were also very affordable as they started at just $70 per pair.

Raasch derived his inspiration for the shoe’s design from Zen art (the word, “Roshi,” is a title given to a Zen master). So, to stay consistent with this idea, Raasch wanted to keep the design as simple as possible by only featuring the essentials in shoe construction.

What he invented was a pair of shoes that featured the Nike natural motion waffle pattern and an insole and colorway (iguana) that represented a Zen garden. It was clear that the two years he spent developing the shoe resulted in the next step in sneaker evolution.

The History of Adidas Boost

At the same time of the Nike Roshe release, Adidas (Nike’s #1 competitor) was struggling to stay ahead of their successful competitors. A year later, however, (in 2013) Adidas released a new cushioning technology they called’ Boost.

Adidas Boost sneakers featured tiny pellets (located in the midsole) called, “foam capsules,” that worked together to create a comfortable fit and high-energy return while being worn.

In 2014, Adidas released another design also featuring the Boost technology called Pure Boost. Then, in 2015, Adidas updated their Boost technology in their latest Ultra Boost sneakers and incorporated a Primeknit upper, in addition to the Boost technology in the midsole.

The true success of this technology, however, came when Kanye West decided to leave Nike and partner with Adidas to design the Yeezy Boost sneaker. The result of this release, back in February 2015, consisted of a social media frenzy as it was marketable to Kanye’s fans, Adidas Boost fans, and sneakerheads alike.

Nike Roshe VS Adidas Ultra and Yeezy Boost

It’s no secret that Adidas and Nike don’t like each other; they’re always stealing each other’s ideas and sponsors. So, when Adidas put their Boost technology out on the market, no one failed to notice the similarities between the two products.

Both designs are very popular, versatile, and comfortable, but everyone has their own personal opinion as to which one is better. Here’s a list narrowing down the basics

  • Price: The Nike Roshe tends to be less expensive, with prices ranging from $70 – $150, while the Boost (and Yeezy Boost) price range starts at over $200. Also, let’s not forget the record-breaking prices that Yeezy Boost sneakers are selling for in the resale market.


  • Uppers: When it comes to the upper construction of the sneakers, there’s no real difference between the two; they’re both breathable, lightweight, and consist of knitted material.


  • Soles: When comparing the soles of the shoes, however, the Boost shoes feature a full-length Boost sole, giving the wearer ultimate comfort. Roshe’s sole is made of Phylon, which is also comfortable, but unfortunately, not as comfortable as the Boost cushioning.


  • Comfort: With that being said, many critics have stated that Boost (and Yeezy Boost) technology provides for a more comfortable fit than any other cushioning, including what Nike Roshe sneakers offer.


  • Colorways: When it comes to the color of the shoes, both companies have released neutral colorways. This makes the shoes more versatile, as neutral colors pair with almost anything. However, the Nike Roshe has also been known to release very, “busy,” colorways, which limits its versatility.

So, the general consensus is that Adidas’ Boost technology is the better choice. However, not every person is going to like the same design and construction. Some may prefer the Nike Roshe over the Boost sneakers.

Feedback from Critics and Fans

Of course, because of the intense popularity of these sneaker designs, many fans and critics have posted their thoughts on the shoes. None of them are bad performance-wise because both shoes deliver, but in the past, fans have trash talked Adidas, stating that they stole their Boost technology idea from Nike.

Regardless, all critics agree that the Boost technology, (especially Yeezy Boost), has made the German retail company relevant in the sneaker market again. Yes, Adidas was in second place, but they were far behind Nike’s first place standing. Nike owned 48% of the sneaker market, while Adidas had been declining every year since 2011; currently, they only own 9% of the sneaker market.

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