- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1041 KB
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (26 April 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0176M1A44
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 5,233 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike Kindle Edition
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
“Shoe Dog is a great American story about luck, grit, know-how, and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike. That it happened at all is a miracle, because as I learned from this book, though we are a nation that extols free enterprise, we also excel at thwarting it. This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
“‘The best book I read last year. Phil is . . . a gifted storyteller.”—Warren Buffett
"I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs."—Andre Agassi, New York Times bestselling author of Open
"Shoe Dog is an extraordinary hero's journey, an epic tale of faith, unparalleled determination, excellence, failure, triumph, hard-earned wisdom, and love. It's nothing short of a miracle that Nike exists. I finished the last sentence in complete awe, inspired and grateful for the experience."—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens
"A touching, highly entertaining adventure odyssey, with much to teach about innovation and creativity. Phil Knight takes us back to the Big Bang of the swoosh, recalls how he first begged and borrowed from reluctant banks, how he assembled a crew of eccentric but brilliant misfits, how they all worked together to build something unique and paradigm-changing. An inspiration for everyone with an unconventional dream."—Michael Spence, Nobel-prize winning economist
"A fresh historical perspective on one of the most profiled companies in the world...[Shoe Dog] builds characters of the people behind the brand."--ESPN.com
"Loaded with hard-earned wisdom...Want a simple recommendation? Go get a copy."—Portland Business Journal Review
"Shoe Dog is, at its heart, an origin story, of both a global brand and a footwear lifer...it reads like pure adventure story, boys facing steeper and steeper challenges and finding ways through, often by the skin of their teeth. As Knight collects the misfits and oddballs who become the core of his growing company, Shoe Dog is more like The Lord of the Rings than a typical mogul memoir."—Complex
“A rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh.”—Booklist STARRED review
About the Author
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Customers who bought this item also bought
Review this product
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book ‘Shoe Dog’ is more like a conversation you have with your friend in a long weekend trip. How his life has shaped up from college, how people supported him, how challenges welcomed him with open arms (sometimes all at the same time) and how he survived after all. Nike began as an idea that Phil Knight presented in his post-grad days; importing shoes from Japan and selling it in America. His belief in the idea led to subsequent events, struggles and much-known success at the end.
In his memoir, he is not ashamed of how he remained impassive with his marketing team, his closest aides, and people who believed in him. He understood their encouraging presence and accepted that his dream is being supported by many others without any questions. Surprisingly, people gained strength from his behavior. The memoir won’t make you feel empathetic about his journey but like any other Nike’s advertisements, it will definitely make you feel motivated. Oh, it also made me believe that some quick decisions can be the best ones, Nike, the famous swoosh was among those.
Shoe Dog, Phil Knight’s memoir about creating Nike, is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. In fact, the only thing that seems inevitable in page after page of Knight’s story is that his company will end in failure.
I haven’t read the book, so I can’t really comment on the content that’s written in the book. I bought this just because I have read a lot of positive reviews. And I will definitely buy this again from some other seller who can provide good quality book. Can’t really stand pirated copies of the books.
Top international reviews
As somebody who has recently started his business, finishing listening to this book left me quite inspired and there are many parts I would want to re-read to re-listen. That last final chapters I couldn't put it down.
For many years I had mixed feeling about the brand itself. I always thought was too expensive and too much overhyped with advertisement until a few years ago I bought their more minimalistic Nike flex and since then it has been my favourite shoe of all time. Phil knight himself is quite fascinating character and at times feel such an ordinary shy guy! that gives me some comfort, tying to make it in business as an introvert!
Shoe Dog is a person whose life is about shoes. Only one question bothers them all the time: How to make better shoes?
After reading this book, the next day when I went to my gym, I noticed that majority were wearing a Nike. But, I didn’t just see the shoes; I could see the sweat and blood that its founders had put into making Nike a universal brand. Obstacles at every turn, but an attitude to win, combined with camaraderie of the founders kept them going.
The main characters in this book (including the author) are shown not as superhuman beings with exceptional qualities who saw it all, but average people with an exceptional ability to preserver in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Therefore it’s a story you and I can identify with, and withdraw some courage from it when going gets tough. It will inspire you.
Phil drew inspiration from powerful quotes, and he has included a few of them in the book such as:
Consider the lilies of the field, they neither toil nor spin
Don’t go to sleep one night, what you most want will come to you then
You are remembered for the rules you break
And many more gems like these.
The chapters are based on every year from when the company was founded in 1962 to when it became an established company in 1980. I carried my book to bed in the night, and in train on my way to office. It’s so good; you would not want to stop before knowing how the story ends. In between you will laugh (mostly at the audacity of the team Nike) and there are places where you will be saddened. It engulfs you emotionally.
It’s one of the best biographies I have read, the others being Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. And that says something.
His tenacity shines through on every page and I also developed a greater appreciation of Nike and their ethos as a business. After the Sweatshop scandal in the 90's I was a little hesitant about buying their products, but he touches upon this aspect of the business and the subsequent deeper understanding of what drives this company has made me see them in a new light.
The writing is clear and engaging and he manages to tell a story in such a way that makes you want to keep turning the pages until the end and entertains whilst also imparting some business knowledge at the same time.
This is invaluable for those starting a business and a damn good read for those of us who just enjoy a good memoir/autobiography.
I couldn't make up my mind if I should accept the job because of some doubts I have working in such a small environment. I can honestly say this book helped me to make the decision.
A worldwide company now known by everyone in the world started in one room - like many others. Very interesting to read about the beginnings, the journey how they got where they are today and what difficulties they faced even when one would think they were succeeding.
I found the writing style very engaging and often funny.
I definitely recommend this book.
Keep in mind it’s a memoir and not a biography so it can be long winded at times, could easily be 50 or so pages shorter and it’d be a more pacy, interesting read.
Also there are no pictures which would’ve brightened up the book. Overall a very interesting read.
It's an unremarkable story of a 60's business (Blue Ribbon) selling someone else shoes. The story repeats itself until 1980 when they fix their financials by floating the company, and that's where the book ends. Nike didn't even get really going until after that.
The final chapter is a wrap up that covers the 'interesting' era of Nike, 1980 until today, in a few pages. To me, this would have been the book, not the Blue Ribbon era. It seems backwards. Perhaps Phil prefered the early days, or perhaps a sequel is on the cards.
It’s as good as everybody says. I didn’t end up liking Phil Knight, but I do take my hat off to him.
I did not care for the tawdry bits of score settling.
I did not care for the sundry snippets of Asian wisdom.
I did not care for the habits of the inventor of the air soles either.
I sure did not care for how he lost his virginity at 24, other than to reinforce my belief that high achievers are in the main compensating for something.
And I really really really did not care for his messed-up, self-aggrandizing connections regarding destiny, what NIKE spells backwards on a phone dial or his exact position in the firmament of billionaires and philanthropists.
Regardless, this was for me a thriller. I could not put it down.
I had to keep discipline last week, as I was up at six fifteen every morning to teach arithmetic to my boy who’s taking the 11+. So three times I reluctantly went to bed with Shoe Dog unfinished and then spent the night worrying about the million dollar loan that came due, about the Onitsuka lawsuit, about the number of pairs sold, I basically lived this book.
And I lost track of who is who, so it’s not like Phil Knight is the king of character development, but he did one better: he hired all these amazing characters and created Nike out of nothing and he remembers how he did it all in enough detail to make this the best book I’ve ever read about entrepreneurship.
In short, I loved it.
In the sixties.
Phil knight showed fantastic courage and determination to keep Nike afloat and to grow the company to where it is now.
To go over to Japan in the early sixties and come back with the deal he made makes him a true trailblazer.
The reader gets a feeling that the essence of Nike is fun and fitness always striving for the perfect sport shoe.
I've always liked Nike products even more now.
Great read you will not be disappointed.
I am interested in sports but am not usually interested in reading books on the subject - I made an exception for this and was pleased I did. This made a fantastic holiday book and was genuinely interesting!
It took me quite a while to read as it is very heavy with detail, but that makes a great book as it lasted throughout my holiday. I was disappointed when the book ended as I was enjoying it so much!
Ps - it also survived a dip in the swimming pool after falling off my lilo!
My only beef with the book is it stops too soon - at the start of the 80s with Nike now established as a public company but before the explosive growth later that decade.
This story shows me that it wasnt, it was a human scale achievment.
A story that starts small and meanders slowly, gradually collecting a motley crew of people, who will fight and guide it out of choppy waters. Finally over many years, many struggles to the Nike today, strides the world.
If you are or wish to be a businessman with a dream, you must read this book. The story of a runner, who just wanted to sell running shoes, and instead built an empire.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you I have an unexplainable attachment to the Adidas brand. In fact, I had to double check in disbelief but I truly don’t own anything from the Nike range in my wardrobe. That is why reading this book initially felt like a disloyalty in a major way. I had bought myself this copy a while back but I kept putting it further down my reading list, until I eventually succumbed to all the good reviews I read about it.
Now I know a book is awesome when I feel the need to take it with me to the toilet seat. This particular one debuted as early as the first chapter. I was engrossed. Reading books by self-made milli or billionaires can sometimes be daunting. Sometimes they get so caught up in the me, me, me moments that it becomes difficult to read through the pages without rolling your eyes and silently thinking to yourself, ‘get over yourself already’. Not this one though. I could relate to this man.
Right from the start, I appreciated how human Phil Knight was. A sell for me is always a book where the author allows themselves to be vulnerable. Phil Knight just laid it all out, from 1962 to 1980, he tells the story of not only the making of the brand, but the making of the man too. He tells you how he succumbed to using the Nike name (suggested by one of his eccentric employees, Jeff Johnson) because they had run out of time and a name had to go on the shoe. If it were up to him that brand would today be knows as Dimension Six. 🤦🏽♀️
Nike is the Greek goddess of victory so in a way the name embodied everything that Phil Knight was striving for. In 1972, he begrudgingly accepted the name and told himself it would grow on him. Until this point Phil Knight owned a company known as Blue Ribbon which acted as a distributor for Japanese based Onitsuka Tiger Company (today known as Asics). He had however had a fallout with Mr. Onitsuka and there was an urgent need to rebrand.
Another thing that makes you warm up to Phil Knight in his book is how he seemed mostly in favor of the underdog. His employees were not the typical (or even athletic) type of people you would pick for the kind of dream he had, but they had one thing in common, each one of them was a Shoe Dog.
Phil Knight openly admits to how in his quest to build an empire, he wasn’t the best of dads. He talks about his strained relationship with his son Matt who died while scuba diving in May 2004 and that part just moved me to tears. He talks about fall outs with close friends and partners, espionage, the backlash from competitors, near bankruptcy, he even admits to writing off Magic Johnson and calling him the player with no position that would never make it in the NBA. He talks about the kind or relationship he has with Tiger and why to this day he will hear no ill word spoken of him. He even briefly talks about what became known as the sweatshop controversy.
This could easily have been a fairytale but it is an honest, entertaining memoir that every book lover must read. My only question perhaps is why he makes no mention of his daughter anywhere in his memoir and even the internet seems to have very little detail about her.
At this point I figure I am a little sold to the idea of owning my first pair of Nike shoes. Cortez perhaps?🤔🤔🤔