Opinion: Adidas vs. Nike

Adidas and Nike are quality brands that are quite popular. From sneakers, shirts, pants, leggings, hats, et cetera. People have debated the hot topic of whether Adidas or Nike is better.

Adidas: Ten out of thirty students like Adidas better than Nike. People claim that Adidas are more stylish and have a better design. Some interesting things about the company are that they invented shower shoes. The founder of the company is Adolf Dassler. They sold their first tracksuit in 1967. The brand was born out of a siblings rivalry. Jesse Owens was an early adopter. The iconic three stripes came from another brand. It introduced a smart shoe back in the 1980’s. Did you know Adidas was almost called Addas? The company’s founder and namesake, Adolf “Adi” Dassler, wanted his brand to be called “Addas” after the split with his brother Rudi. But according to Barbara Smit’s book Sneaker Wars, his registration was turned down because there was already a German children’s shoe company with that name. The addition of a single vowel made all the difference. Similarly, his brother wanted to register his new company as “Ruda” but it was thought to be “inelegant and plump,”Smit wrote, so he went with “Puma” instead.

Nike: Twenty out of thirty students like Nike better than Adidas. Some people say that Nike is better known for sports wear and way more comfortable. Some facts about Nike are that when Nike was founded in 1964, it was known as Blue Ribbon Sports and operated as a distributor for what is now known as Asics. Nike become “Nike” in 1971. Co Founder of Nike Bill Bowerman was celebrated Olympic track-and-field coach and also head coach at the University of Oregon. According to Statista, “In 2017, Nike operated a total of 1.142 retail stores throughout the entire world. The number of Nike’s stores in the United States from 2009 to 2016 is to be found here. Nike, Inc. is a sportswear and equipment supplier based in the United States that was founded in January 1964.”

Adidas and Nike are both great brands. Truly, I don’t think one is better than the other. They both have their advantages and disadvantages to the brand. Which one do you like better, Adidas or Nike? Comment down below!


By Ellie Frarer

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