Nike Roshe One

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Among all the different brands that manufacture athletic apparel, none are more beloved as Nike. Since their humble beginnings in 1968, the company formerly known as Blue Ribbon Sports has completely dominated the world of clothes, shoes, and other accessories meant for use in various sports. It is because of Nike’s impeccable sense of style and constant innovations in fashion and function that the concept of athleisure has gained so much popularity. When looking at one of Nike’s shoes, such as the women’s Roshe One running shoe, it’s immediately apparent what makes them such an enduringly popular brand.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Refreshing minimalist style
  • Fantastic responsiveness
  • Surprising flexibility
  • Appealing range of colorways
Cons
  • Disappointing durability
  • Lackluster support
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We have spent 4.8 hours analyzing a total of 690 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

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Positive
  • I can say teenage son loves these shoes, these are his second pair after he ran so much that the tread was literally gone! The first pair stayed put together, with no holes or no rips and no tears, the shoe structure stayed intact as when first purchased. So I am hoping this order of shoes to do the same.
  • This shoe right lasted for a year. I'm happy I made this purchase. I work up to 80 hours a week, this shoe has stood up to hurricane Irma. I’m happy and I will buy this again
  • I used to not really care much for Nikes , however these are the best comfortable Nike's ever! These are real light & very comfy I often leave them on all day work or play
  • Bought these for my work and they fit just great they keep my feet from sweating much as I stand all day for my job and when I get home I still wear these.
  • Definitely will recommend. My son just loves these shoes he says he wants to get a new pair every year! They really are comfortable and great for school. Would definitely recommend them to wear more in the Summer.
  • I like the style so much. I'm size 8 shoe so I got the size 9 which makes my feet comfortable while running. But, when I wear the shoes, they just fit my natural feet. I won’t not be able to wear sports sock.
  • These shoes look just a little bit odd when they not on my feet ( because of the sole). But, they look good when they are on. I get many compliments on them regularly. They are very comfortable and light and I try to wear them casual.
  • I got them for the adult son of my friend. He put them on and said, "these are best most comfortable shoes I've ever had. They feel like they massage the foot with every step." His brother tried on and right away immediately wanted them as a birthday present.
  • They fit very nicely and fell secure on my feet. At first I was concerned by the soft cloth texture, so far it has held out just fine. I want to buy these again
  • Absolutely and easily hands down the best shoes for me. For appearance these really rock and look really cool. Another positive pro is the comfort and light weight.
  • My husband and I we both love these shoes! We got multiple pairs and decided to buy for our Dad as a Christmas present! He was delighted! He wears them around the house all day since after he had opened the box. I would be happy recommend these shoes to everyone! Good style, comfort, quality and very fair price!
  • I give this shoe 5 stars I got my shoes a couple days earlier and I like them. I was a bit skeptical for them being real nikes but they are the real deal. I love my purchase. Really wish I could get the red October version.
  • Just fully love the shoes, so extremely light weight and really so comfortable. But, the Obsidian color looks more black in the photos online but is really blue in reality. This was a surprise me.
  • Not good to run around in or do lifting in. I usually work 9 hour straight shifts while on my feet, and these are comfortable. But when I’m lifting I am more happy with my other Reebok Crossfit shoes. They give a flat foot while the Roshe run's give more of an arch.
  • Usually rock Air maxes as best but these things are really light in direct comparison. I feel like I'm dancing like a pony while walking around
  • I got a new pair of these for my boyfriend. He does have such wide feet and these comfortably stretched nicely and so they do fit perfectly!!
  • So 5 star scoring for comfortable!!! These fit like a pair of designer gloves and the heel impressive support is incomparable, these really are the business for me.
  • Roshes aren't built to be the best for running shoe but they're certainly are one of the more stylish comfortable shoes you could want to wear.
  • I have got to love the way these shoes look and feel. I also got it one day earlier so that is always good. Overall I love these and I recommend that you get a pair of them if you want comfort and the nice style of the shoes.
  • Yes, yes and so I Love these great shoes! But can’t keep them clean white they get dirty easy. If you can find a way to keep them from getting too dirty looking they are a great shoe!
  • For my young sons foot size. Nike's run a kinda big for his feet but he likes it with Nike shoes. He's very athletic and they do perform nice for his feet and activity level of as very good.
  • I have grown to really like the shoes. They do fit my feet perfectly. Even thought these look good so I have to be care full with the soft material because it might be ruined easily. I do like these but afraid to mess them up. I got a shoe size for 7.5 and fits me comfortably and I am. 5 feet tall
  • Gave these as a fathers day present for my daddy and he loves them so much he wears them in the yard, out walking, to the mall, just about everywhere, he convinced me to get a pair for myself, super comfortable!
Negative
  • These aren't a shoe for running, I’m not ever going to believe that. Nike should say so when they market it. For wearing at home or walking around despite the rough insole area they can be ok. Whats with the thin material, how can it help structural support when it can stretch and tear so easily if you try to use for running.. If your looking for casual they are ok but don’t get them for running.
  • I bought these shoes for regular running and after the first run felt my feet hurting a lot. I peeked in and removed the insole and found it to be useless for running just a thin cotton and underneath I found a hard synthetic type material. If you check up, every forum is against against using them for running, they have no support.
  • I did like the shoes to look at; but, once I put them on I noticed a bad smell to them like a newly built building or basketball court. Apart from than that where is the underfoot cushion, did I miss something in the advertising?, They are fine to stroll in but just got to get rid of the that smell and forget about jogging, it can’t happen.
  • I had them since a few months and just a few days past the shoe breakdown started when the Nike swoosh logo started to literally peel away and the thin material stretches too much so I just know it’s going to rip soon. We have never had this kinda problem before. Really bad deal.
  • These do Fit perfectly oh but material was so cheap and horrible. By the 2nd week of wearing them, the material for the top was already broken, why make it so thin? I only had a few runs and they can’t take it because these are just a pair of wear around casual shoes.
  • There was no normal cushion or sole when I got my shoe. Just a hard rigid weird lining like waves. I feel like my foot is being constantly grated like cheese each time I wear these these are a stand around or walk to the shop shoe
  • The most uncomfortable shoe I've ever did buy The insole feels like a rigid sandpaper and the pull tab keeps rubbing up against my skin. Also, the cheap thin fabric is stretching after only 2 weeks. Really is a horrible shoe.
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Of the 690 reviews we found in total, 11% were negative, and 89% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The central design motif that encapsulates the entirety of the Nike Roshe One’s construction is minimalism. This can be clearly seen when looking at the stark white outsole and its stripped-down design. Made from one thick block of foam, this underfoot covering features faint outlines of a tread pattern made from strategically placed grooves and dimples. Larger ones were placed on the heel to facilitate greater durability during repetitive foot striking, smaller ones were placed near the forefoot for extra flexibility, and the very tips of the toes feature several thin horizontal plates instead, which provide some extra traction that can help to increase a runner’s top speed.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Rather than adopt a traditional midsole design, the Nike Roshe One combines the outsole and midsole into one solid piece of foam in a continuation of its minimalist aesthetic. While this results in a visually appealing design, the functionality of this design style is limited. Now, the entire bottom half of this shoe is made from the same material that is only intended as a sandwiched cushioning providing a threshold between the softer upper and the harder outsole. Forcing it to function as an outsole as well severely impairs its breathability, although it does amplify the responsiveness and flexibility of the entire shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Much like the solid foam block that comprises this shoe’s lower half, the upper half also embodies a design style that is barebones and slightly fragile. The Nike Roshe One’s upper is made of a breathable mesh material, most likely Nike’s proprietary FlyMesh material. In addition to providing an exceptional amount of breathability, this material has a very lightweight that helps to prevent fatigue while also allowing the wearer to reach faster speeds without expending as much effort. This is an impressive array of benefits that accompany the Roshe One’s upper, but it does come with the unfortunate downside of limited durability and a lack of general foot protection.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Nike doesn’t list any specific information about the average weight for a pair of Nike Roshe Ones. However, the average weight of the entire package this product comes in is just over one pound. The implication of this fact is that each shoe weighs less than half a pound since some of the shipping weight would be taken up by packing material and the shoebox itself. With less than eight ounces per shoe, that would make this pair of running shoes from Nike some of the lightest money can buy. At such a low weight, these runners could be in the same weight class as shoes designed to emulate the sensation of running barefoot which are usually made from the thinnest possible materials.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

As previously mentioned, the Nike Roshe One are some of the lightest casual running shoes that money can buy. Right off the bat, this means that breathability is less of a major concern in its design since the lack of excessively cumbersome material means that less energy will be expended during the typical running session, generating less heat and requiring less breathability as a result. However, these shoes still manage to provide a fantastic level of ventilation from its FlyMesh upper in spite of a diminished need to do so. While this may seem superfluous, the result of this design style is a pair of shoes that can feel cool and comfortable even when running in some of the warmest environments.
Style
Style

Style

Despite many of the design decisions made by Nike in the process of manufacturing the Roshe One being difficult to understand, the visual appearance of this product will justify its shortcomings to a significant group of potential customers. This is because the minimalist design aesthetic that was adopted by Nike when making this shoe has a near-universal appeal. A bright pastel color palette of four different variations allow for just enough variety to prevent these shoes from looking boring or ‘basic.’ Instead, women interested in a stylish pair of running shoes that will easily coordinate with other aspects of their wardrobe will find a lot to love here.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Something mentioned at the beginning of this review is the idea that Nike designed the Roshe One with a central motif of minimalism. As a consequence, however, it inadvertently adopts an additional motif of fragility. Everything that worked together to provide the Roshe One with a minimalist design aesthetic came at the direct cost of its durability, from the thin and highly perforated mesh upper to the single EVA foam block that comprises both its midsole and outsole. If properly maintained and used on only the softest running terrain for very short periods of time, these shoes might be able to last about 3 months before needing to be replaced. However, signs of wear and tear will be noticeable within no longer than a week of regular use.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Similar to how these shoes offer a beautiful appearance at the cost of durability, these shoes offer a fantastic degree of flexibility at the cost of its protective capabilities. If the wearer of the Nike Roshe One takes them on a running session and stubs their toe on a small pebble that’s in their path, there is very little standing in the way of this object and their sensitive toes. The small portion of EVA foam that measures maybe 3 millimeters standing in the way of the elements will quickly degrade, leaving nothing but the thin FlyMesh fabric that covers the rest of these shoes. A lack of dedicated support for the wearer’s underfoot will also fail to protect them from the potential of repetitive stress injuries such as plantar fasciitis, but the shock absorbing capabilities of its extra-large midsole will help to ward off shin splints.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The one part of a pair of running shoes that has the greatest impact on their responsiveness is their midsoles. When considering the fact that roughly 50% of the Nike Roshe One is made up of its midsole, it should come as no surprise that these are some of the most responsive running shoes in its weight class as a result. Thanks to the thick layer of EVA foam that comprises this shoe’s bottom half, every step of a runner’s lap is responded to in a manner that maximizes the efficiency of their every movement.
Support
Support

Support

One may be led to believe that the presence of an incredibly thick midsole/outsole would result in the Nike Roshe One offering a fantastic degree of support. To an extent, they would be correct, considering that this excess of padding results in excellent shock absorption that can prevent the onset of shin splints. However, no effort was made in providing targeted support for the wearer’s ankles or heel or arch, resulting in almost immediate discomfort for any runner that has a proclivity for injury in these areas.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Ordinarily, casual running shoes like these are able to perform at their full potential when used on low-intensity terrains, such as a spongy running track, a grassy field, or a clean sidewalk. However, the Nike Roshe One doesn’t have a traditional outsole design, meaning that many of these environments will quickly cause the underside of these shoes to degrade at an alarming rate. They can still be used on these running surfaces, but their ability to perform adequately will very quickly deteriorate.
Price
Price

Price

Many of the faults present in the design of the Nike Roshe One can be justified due to the fact that it comes at a very reasonable price. Even when it first launched, these women’s running shoes cost less than $100. While that doesn’t necessarily render all of its design flaws moot, it does put them in perspective.
Traction
Traction

Traction

There wasn’t a great deal of emphasis placed on providing these Nike running shoes with traction. In fact, the presence of shallow ridges and dimples to provide a rudimentary degree of grip seems like a formality, especially when considering the fact that the Nike Roshe One doesn’t have much of an outsole to speak of. Due to its use of midsole foam instead of a harder and more durable rubber compound, most of the meager traction provided by this shoe’s underfoot design will go away after only a few weeks of hard running. However, the design particulars of this shoe’s forefoot traction are slightly more resistant simply due to its more flexible layout.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The entire shoe feels very flexible, almost to a fault. As previously mentioned, the forefoot section of the Nike Roshe One’s outsole is built to provide enough give for the wearer’s toes to bend independently of the rest of the shoe. The somewhat flimsy FlyMesh upper of these shoes is also very flexible to the point where it severely interferes with its general stability. Ultimately, this product fails to strike that difficult balancing point between a quality running shoe that is both stable and flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

One aspect of this shoe’s design that allows it to present a modicum of stability is its extra-thick midsole. Especially with the extra cushioning around the heel, this middle portion of the shoe is the most stable despite also being very vulnerable to degradation. As a consequence of this vulnerability, any stability provided by this sole portion of the Nike Roshe One will very quickly go away. However, the first few weeks to a month of usage will allow this part of the shoe to provide decent control when running.
Drop
Drop

Drop

There isn’t any specific information online regarding the exact difference in elevation for the Nike Roshe One between its heel and toe. However, it’s clearly evident from the design of its midsole/outsole that the difference is substantial. Based on previous designs from this manufacturer and the common design techniques adopted for this kind of running shoe, a decent estimate for its heel drop would be about 10 millimeters.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Combination midsole/outsole made from EVA foam

  • Highly breathable FlyMesh upper material

  • Less than ½ a pound per shoe

  • Four different pastel colorways

  • Highly flexible design

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nike Roshe One is far from the most functional running shoe. It is also far from the most durable one, which will be enough to dissuade serious runners and physical trainers who are looking for a product that will withstand their intense physical activity. However, these are very nice-looking shoes that come at a very reasonable price, making them a decent pick for low-intensity jogging shoes to wear for the summer.