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Introducing the adidas Nite Jogger: Reflecting on the Past

adidas Nite Jogger Sneakers

The original adidas Nite Jogger featured 3MTM Scotchlite reflective material adorned on a classic 1970s-style running shoe for nighttime reflection. The shoe, popular in 1980, was the first from adidas to feature any reflective accenting, a unique approach in material advancement.

The modern version, released in January 2019, took that historic slant and added a contemporary spin. The updated Nite Jogger doesn't feature the '70s styling, but it got the reflective touches for an alive-at-night feel. It also offered a variety of mainline colorways — largely at a $140 price point — and collaborations throughout 2019 into 2020. As the franchise continued to expand to dozens of colorways, the designs grew bolder, even if the silhouette remained largely intact from its initial 2019 release.

Unique Design Features of the adidas Nite Jogger

The adidas Nite Jogger offers complete individuality. The sneaker's style isn't a direct throwback to nostalgic times, but it has a different aesthetic than most modern designs. Leaning heavily on its famous Boost midsole cushioning system as the shoe's foundation, adidas then paired it with a stretchy nylon ripstop upper.

adidas Nite Jogger Sneakers

A mixture of other materials, such as suede, mesh and reflective detailing, gives the model a wholly singular appearance. It falls somewhere between the streamlined look of the '70s and the chunky feel of the '90s, landing in the middle with a wide outsole and more compact upper.

Collectibility and Value of the Nite Jogger

The modest retail price of the adidas Nite Jogger, coupled with an ample supply of mainline colorways, has made it accessible for fans. The most popular shoes on the resale market come from Beyoncé's Ivy Park collection. This heavily traded shoe ranges anywhere from $200 to over $600 on eBay.

Other sought-after collaborations include the Ninja Time In, which can fetch close to $300 on eBay, and the White Mountaineering version, which collectors can grab for under $200. The city pack is also well regarded, with the London, New York and Paris options pulling in the highest dollars. Models specifically designed for women also fare well on the resale market.

adidas Nite Jogger Sneakers

Stellar Nite Jogger Collabs: From Star Wars to Beyoncé

  • The Nite Jogger went regional for a six-city pack in March 2019. New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Tokyo were each distinguished by their specific color contrasts with accents in orange, blue, red, yellow, green and purple, respectively. Each shoe features flight details from adidas's headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on the tag, and acid green reflective details enhance the uppers.

  • No Nite Jogger collaboration history is complete without paying homage to 3M. In July 2019, the first of two collaborations on the Nite Jogger allowed 3M to highlight its Scotchlite reflective material. The 3M version features an embroidered three-stripe mark, 3M Scotchlite panels on the forefoot, heel and sides. It also showcases an oversized reflective 3M logo on the medial side, and a 3M woven label on the tongue's inside, with additional branding. A 2020 3M collab reduced the size of the 3M logo but repeated it across a colorful upper.

  • Another adidas collab was with White Mountaineering in Tokyo for an outdoor-themed take on the Nite Jogger. The September 2019 drop (EG1687) features suede leather overlays and mesh and textile underlays with reflective materials coming in vibrant oranges, greens and reds. A second, more understated pair features a forest-like palette of moss green, grey and burgundy (EG1686). Both feature White Mountaineering branding on the tongue.



adidas Nite Jogger 'Black Carbon' (CG7088)

The debut release of the Nite Jogger came in January 2019 in a Core Black/Carbon version (CG7088). The launch allowed adidas to show off the reflective detailing, but soon after, the brand began highlighting collaborations and changing its approach to color.

adidas Nite Jogger Sneakers

adidas Nite Jogger 'Storm Trooper' (FW2287)

Star Wars was another exciting collab for the brand. The adidas x Star Wars Characters-themed pack released in November 2019 included two Nite Jogger styles. The R2-D2 creation (FV8040) features a white base with blue, grey and black and the Stormtrooper version (FW2287) is a heavily black and white design with an imprint that reads "Open the Blast Doors." Both feature a lace charm, character stamp and associated crests across the shoe.

adidas Nite Jogger Sneakers
  • Beyoncé's Ivy Park collection from adidas embraced the Nite Jogger on two separate occasions, once in 2019 and again in October 2020. The Ivy Park versions depart most dramatically from the typical design, adding a lacing and hook system that allows the wearer to clip the shoes to a gym bag. They also feature asymmetrical harness detailing. The four colorways include a green and yellow version, maroon with orange, ecru (unbleached linen) and off-white with ecru and dark green.

  • The adidas partnership with popular gamer Ninja resulted in a pair of "Time In" Nite Jogger releases. The first came in December 2019 and featured Ninja's signature blue and yellow. The October 2020 version used black and grey with pink and blue accents.

  • The brand continued to release mainline colorways in 2019, highlighted by a Hi-Res Aqua X-Model Pack in September 2019 that includes a Nite Jogger with a large "Boost" print across the side of the shoe.

  • Throughout 2020, adidas went for the bold on the Nite Jogger's mainline releases. These eye-catching colors include neon green or solid red uppers, a special Pride colorway (FY9023) and versions in black, white, camo, metallic, and one with a "Sunset" gradient (FX1397) on the Boost midsole.




The adidas Nite Jogger in Popular Culture

Beyoncé gave the Nite Jogger plenty of pop culture credibility with the inclusion in both a 2019 and 2020 Ivy Park collection. The sneaker has also been spotted on adidas representative Hailey Baldwin and NBA players like Brandon Ingram.