It’s the debate that’s been going on for years, adidas or Nike? They’re the two biggest sportswear and sneaker manufacturers on the planet, and the question is always are you team Nike or team adidas? Well, we’re making the judgment for ourselves right here.
Although it isn’t as intense as it was a few years back, the adidas vs. Nike debate is still very much alive and kicking. We’ve taken a long and hard look at both brands, and weighed up the pros and cons of both. In this article we’re going to talk you through the reasons why adidas is better than Nike, however keep your eyes peeled for an article in the near future that will highlight Nike’s strong points also.
8. Boost Technology
When it comes to advanced sneaker technology, there’s no doubt that adidas have the upper hand. Their notorious Boost technology is used in many of their popular silhouettes, such as the Ultra Boost, Pure Boost, NMD, and the ever popular Yeezy Boost series. It’s one of the most comfortable sole materials on the market right now, and easily out performs Nike’s Air Max technology. If you have any doubt regarding this, go and try a pair of Ultra Boost’s on at your nearest sneaker store and see what you think – we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
7. The Three Stripes
The three stripes are one of the most iconic logos in the world. Whether they adorn a pair of tracksuit bottoms, the side of a pair of sneakers, or even a cap, they make the product instantly recognisable as adidas. Although Nike have their Swoosh logo, it’s not as big or as bold as the three stripes, so when it comes to branding we honestly think that adidas have the upper hand here. The logo has stood the test of time, and has barely changed throughout adidas’ entire life span.
6. Run DMC
Ever since their first hit single, Run DMC have been renowned for rocking the brand with the three stripes. Superstars, Stan Smiths, and vintage shell-suits, you named it – they’ve rocked it. The hip-hop group were heavily responsible for a huge boom in adidas sales during the 80’s. At their peak, they even released a hit single titled “My adidas”, which landed the group an endorsement deal with the brand, so they no longer had to pay to show their dedication to the legendary German brand.
5. Adi Dassler
Adolf “Adi” Dassler founded adidas alongside his older brother Rudolf Dassler in 1924. Eventually, tensions between the two brothers began to rise, and the inevitable eventually happened – the pair fell out and Rudolf left the company. He later went on to found another of the world’s greatest footwear brands – Puma. Adolf however, stayed with adidas, and set down the groundwork that helped make the brand the driving force it is today. Quite literally, without Adi and his hard work there would be no adidas.
4. The Adidas NMD
The NMD silhouette launched in late 2015, and it’s one of the best products that the brand have put it out in a long time. It received unparalleled attention from sneaker fans, and excellent colourways continue to release even now. The silhouette has been the subject of many highly coveted collaborations, including those with A Bathing Ape and also Neighbourhood. The OG colourway is still very desirable, although it doesn’t resell for as much as it originally did, due to a re-release in early 2017.
3. Primeknit Technology
Both adidas and Nike have their own versions of knitted technology, with adidas’ titled Primeknit and Nike’s titled Flyknit. However, having tried both, we can’t help but feel that adidas’ edition has the one up here. It just has that little bit extra flexibility and comfort than Nike’s version. Many legendary silhouettes have involved the use of Primeknit since it was first introduced, including the NMD, Ultra Boost, and many more.
2. Classic Archives
It’s a well known fact that Adidas have the greatest archive models in the game. Although Nike have the Air Force 1 and Air Max 1, they simply don’t have the same iconic status as the adidas Gazelle, Samba and Superstar. They’re all timeless silhouettes that can be instantly recognised by even those who aren’t familiar with sneakers. They still sell as well as they did upon their initial launch now, and look set to remain classics throughout the foreseeable future.
Of course, adidas’ strongest selling point currently is having none other than Mr. Kanye West on board with them. Their Yeezy Boost series has been arguably their most popular product line in the past five years. The Yeezy 350 Boost is without a doubt one of the most popular sneakers of all time, for the initial releases the hype was unrivalled. The line has continued to be hugely successful and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. The latest Yeezy release, the Wave Runner 700 was also a great success, and there are rumours that a restock of the OG colourway, as well as new colourways will be on the way soon.
On That Note
Although there is no clear winner, it’s evident that adidas have a lot of pros when it comes to their footwear. Boost technology, their branding, and having Kanye on board are all huge factors that contribute to adidas’ success. Watch out for a feature coming in the near future where we’ll highlight Nike’s greatest successes, and the areas that they shine above adidas in. It certainly is interesting to compare the two, especially in today’s ever changing market.
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