Focusing on the best Nike shoes for men is worth it. Since opening its boutique in the mid-’60s, the Portland-based juggernaut has churned out one bestselling sneaker after another, expanding into lifestyle footwear while maintaining its commitment to athletic excellence with every step of the way.
Nike running shoes helped Eliud Kipchoge break the marathon record, motivating hordes of average Joes to break their own PRs on tracks and treadmills around the world. Nike football boots helped Ronaldo win a World Cup, inspiring a host of young hopefuls to drag dilapidated football goals out into the garden for once more. Nike basketball shoes have helped Lebron, Kyrie and a whole host of supporting actors – Matt Dellavedova, which is great! – bring the ship back to Cleveland, strengthening the spirit of an entire city. (In 1984, the then fledgling company also backed a little-known UNC graduate named Michael Jordan, whose own brand of sneakers warrants a separate list.)
Today, the brand sells just about everything sport-related, but its sneakers remain the jewel in the company’s crown, polished to perfection by marketing so savvy the Clio committee should move its offices in Oregon. So the best Nike men’s shoes prove why the Swoosh is still miles — and lots and lots of dollars — ahead of the competition, no matter how many 350s the competition sells. (Sorry, Adidas. The numbers don’t lie.) To help you pull on like the pros, we’ve compiled all the Swoosh silhouettes you should know, each one primed to make you feel like the star of your game. Wieden+ triumphant. Kennedy Square. Cue the soaring orchestral soundtrack: it’s your moment.
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