Nike Sportswear Flyknit Roshe Run NM: when hype converges

You knew this was coming, right? The Roshe Run and Flyknit twin hype ran parallel for a long time. One was pretty accessible and reasonably priced, while the process and the numbers meant that one was hard to find and far from cheap. Look out there at the sheer volume of Roshe responses — skate brands with models for recovery and casual wear, the (very good) ZX Flux and a genuinely shocking Lugz imitation for instance — and it could be argued that the Roshe design, which never had the bombastic launch of Flyknit is equally as influential as the knitted performance technology. We don't care whether you're a Roshe fan, but you can't dispute its popularity. Suede, heavyweight materials and leather aren't necessarily ideal on this simple silhouette because they disrupt the Zen element, like chucking a reinforced shed and conservatory into the minimal, carefully tended garden that Dylan Raasch created. The Nike Flyknit Roshe Run NM is actually pretty respectful when it comes to the Roshe ethos — we've got no objection when it comes to the Natural Motion version of the sole and the upper hugs the foot and keeps its form a little better, making these incredibly comfortable. Visually, that Fireberry patterning is decent — though we've seen even better and more bombastic treatments on the horizon. The downside? That RRP isn't the friendly one attached to the Roshe back in early 2012, but that was to be expected. In the Flyknit stakes, we'll always veer towards the performance pieces rather than a lifestyle silhouette (the impending Flyknit LunarGlide 6 is the one we're watching out for), but these are not bad at all and they drop next month. We still can't believe Nike were restrained enough to leave it over two years before they put this one together.

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 12 August 2014