Introducing 4 leading running shoe brands in the world (Part 1)

Introducing 4 leading running shoe brands in the world (Part 1)

How many running shoe brands do you know in the world? Nike, adidas, Puma, and …? To help you choose the indispensable companion on your journey – running shoes, would like to introduce the 4 leading running shoes companies in the world to readers.

1. Nike

Nike must be the first name to mention when it comes to sports shoes in general and running shoes in particular because of its global coverage. Founded in 1964 under the name Blue Ribbon Sports by Bil Bowerman and Phil Knight, Nike was then a distributor of Japanese shoe company Onitsuka Tiger (now ASICS).

In 1971, the name Nike was officially born with the famous Swoosh logo (hook) and gradually pushed adidas to the second position in the sports shoes village and preserved its crown position so far. Referring to Nike technology, one cannot ignore the Nike Air Max, Nike Air Zoom, Nike Free, …

2. adidas

The forerunner of adidas is the Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik company founded in 1924 by siblings Adolf Dassler and Ruddolf Dassler. But when the Second World War began, the two brothers had many conflicts with each other and separated into two separate companies. Rudolf founded Ruda (later Puma) in 1948, while Adolf built adidas in 1949.

The mid-twentieth century was the splendor of adidas when this “king” almost monopolized the market of sports shoes. But not long after, only two decades from its founding, Nike usurped adidas. And since then, adidas has remained in second place – behind its juniors. The three most famous shoe technologies of adidas are Boost, Cloudfoam, Bounce.


In 1949 in Kobe – Japan, a former soldier named Kihachiro Onitsuka founded Onitsuka Tiger Footwear Company – focusing on manufacturing basketball shoes and volleyball for the domestic market.