5 Reasons Why the Nike Roshe Run is the Perfect Summer Shoe

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    Colorways

    I think it’s safe to say that even if you’re not the biggest fan of the shoe’s design, there’s a colorway or makeup out there somewhere that will make you want to rock it. The Roshe Run is so popular and so simple that Nike literally can’t keep up with the demand. It’s an empty canvas. On Champs Sports alone, there are nearly 80 different editions currently available.

    The shoe has been released in everything from gradient colors, to palm tree prints, to two-toned uppers. This weekend, we’ll see it return with another Cloud print. No matter what your taste is like, there’s something out there for you.

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    Collecting

    If you’re on The Drop looking up information about a particular sneaker in anticipation of a weekend Champs Sports release, it’s safe to predict you’re probably a sneakerhead. You’re probably wearing a pair of shoes right now that you took out of the box this morning… after spending five minutes trying to decide which ones to wear.

    Well, this is a good thing, because the Roshe Run is the perfect sneaker to start collecting. It’s affordable and it’s released in dozens of different editions. Use the summer as an opportunity to work on your collection by making the Roshe Run your sneaker of choice.

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    Versatility

    Despite the look of the shoe, it wasn’t necessarily designed as an athletic performance sneaker. You can use it at the gym or when running, of course, but Nike purposely stripped this shoe down to its essentials: quarter support, heel support, and cushioning. It’s a laid-back racer that’s at home on your feet whether you’re going shopping, going out to dinner, hitting the beach, or just chilling. (Which makes sense considering it’s inspired by a Roshi Zen Master.)

    That’s the perfect recipe for the summer. If you’re anything like me, you know these hot summer days are like when you first step up to the buffet, empty plate in hand. If someone asks you to go grab some food out on the town, you’ll be able to do it in the Roshe Run. If a co-worker wants to go shoot around, you can do that too. And if for some reason you do have to dress up rather than dress down, the Roshe Run can do that too.

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    Lightweight Comfort

    Featuring a Phylon midsole and a Waffle sole that mimics stepping stones in a traditional Zen garden, as well as a full mesh upper, your feet will be giving you dap once you lace up the Roshe Run. It’s extremely light and breathable, and offers the chance to roll without socks on. Among my close friends, most of them never bother with socks when it comes to this shoe.

    Once the weather turns cold, that’s another story. But for now, the Roshe Run is basically a dressed-down sneaker that doesn’t really feel dressed-down.

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    Price

    As a hard-working bachelor, grabbing a stylish shoe that you can cop for anywhere from $50 to $85 is a welcome sight. When it first dropped in 2012, the Roshe Run retailed for $70 and since then, the prices have stayed pretty consistent. In a way, it’s taken the place of the Air Force 1, another simplistic, versatile shoe that offered a lot of the “cool” factor for a lot less money.

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It took almost no time at all for the Nike Roshe Run to gain a following among the public. In fact, it really cornered the market on racer/runner trainers, forcing other companies to come up with their own versions over the last two years. The minimalistic approach, the clean upper, the plain midsole, the breathable feel, this shoe is absolutely perfect for the summer, and this weekend at Champs Sports yet another new colorway will be dropping.

To celebrate the release of the “Cloud Print” Roshe Run, here are five reasons why this racer is the perfect shoe for the hot summer months.

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