Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Se...

Details Shoe Dog

TitleShoe Dog
Release DateApr 26th, 2016
GenreBusiness, Biography, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews Shoe Dog

  • Wendy S.
    This book made me cry. Twice! I did not know a book about what I had previously viewed as the definition of a big corporation could have that sort of power. I was wrong. Phil Knight had been an unfamiliar name to me before I picked up this memoir. That, in itself, seems strange. I mean, I had no idea he's from Portland, Oregon, or that, by trade, he's an accountant, or that he identifies as an introvert. I didn't know he had met his wife while te...
  • Brad Feld
    I think Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is the best memoir I’ve ever read by a business person.I consumed it in a day last week. It’s about the origin story of Nike, which started out as Blue Ribbon Sports.Unlike so many memoirs, it’s not an equally balanced arc through Knight’s life. It’s not an ego gratifying display of his awesomeness, heavily weighted in the success of the company and all the amazing things that went on around that. Instead...
  • Brina
    Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s, as a collective society we were in awe of Michael Jordan. Not only did we imagine ourselves draining the decisive jump shot to seal the title, we also had to use every product that he endorsed; Gatorade, Wheaties, Coca-Cola, and, of course, Nike Air Jordan shoes. Nike most likely would not be where it is today without the sponsorship of Jordan and subsequent Jordan Brands, so when I found out that the...
  • Ned Frederick
    Shoe Dog could have been titled, "Buck Naked", because of the way Phil "Buck" Knight bares his soul in this fine memoir. I'm grateful to Knight for putting it all down in black and white. My 12 years with Nike started toward the end of the timeframe of this memoir, and so a lot of what Knight chronicles in Shoe Dog was the core of the Nike creation myth, revealed piecemeal to most of us in the late 70's and early 80's... usually in the form of hu...
  • مشاري الإبراهيم
    (نايك) مشهورة لكن فِل نايت (مؤسس نايك) شخصية مجهولة تمامًا بالنّسبة لي. بعد قراءة سيرته توصّلت إلى أهمّية نشرها، لأنّ الرجل كسر الصورة النمطية لرائد الأعمال العالمي الناجح. فاجأتني صفاته التي في الغالب لا يربطها النّاس مع ريادة الأعمال والنّجاح. مث...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب، خاطراتِ <فیل نایت> مالکِ شرکت بزرگِ "نایکی" میباشد و به بهترین شکلِ ممکن نشان داده است که چگونه از کجا به کجا رسیده است و همچون دونده ای تیزپا از منطقهٔ پورتلند، این مسیرِ پیشرفت را طی کرده است... نمیتوان کتاب را چکیده کرد، ا...
  • TS Chan
    “Let everyone else call your idea crazy.. just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.” In other words, Just Do It!Nike is the ultimate American dream. And it all started when a twenty-four year old Oregonian suddenly had this Crazy Idea of bringing Japanese running shoes, specifically the Onitsuka Tigers, into th...
  • Supreeth
    "I’d tell men and women in their midtwenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt."All I wanted to Hear !
  • Jason Navallo
    Loved this book. It was very inspiring to read Phil Knight's story of how he built one of the world's most successful companies. It also inspired me to finish writing Underdog!
  • Andrew Smith
    I’m not sure when I became aware of Nike – maybe sometime around the millennium? Certainly not before that. I was therefore astounded to learn that the company had been founded in the early 1970’s, with the aim of producing and selling sports shoes. In fact, the co-founder (and major driving force), Phil Knight, was a runner in college and his driving goal was to produce top class running shoes. We first catch up with Phil, a native of Oreg...
  • Michael
    JUST DO IT. Those words are the life story of Phil Knight. To every athlete, entrepreneur, mother, father, and dreamer his greatest legacy will be a life well played. More valuable than his pledge of giving back to society $100,000,000 a year, Phil 'Found His Greatness' in life by inspiring us all to play harder, dig deeper and never quit. Thank you, Phil.This book is well worth every hard-won word, shared and earned over 50+ years of grueling co...
  • Masoud Irannejad
    تبدیل شد به بهترین کتابی که تا حالا خوندم فیل نایت با نوشتن این کتاب مارو دعوت میکنه تا به مدت 19 سال از زندگیش رو همراهش باشیم قدم به قدم همراهش به جلو میریم، از روزی که ایده ی واردات کفش از ژاپن به ذهنش رسید تا روزی که سهام شرکتش رو عرضه عمومی میکنهتو...
  • Wen
    Easily one of my all-time favorite business books, out there with Liar’s Poker and The Snowball. From cover to cover it exuded positive vibes; a nice kick-start for my 2018 reading year. The key messages conveyed by this memoir were not unlike those in biographies authored by founders of other successful businesses: marry career with passion, place subordinates according to their talents etc. etc. And yet Phil Knight expertly presented the mort...
  • Lisa
    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
  • Fryeday
    I adored this book right from the beginning. The intro felt magical. I read Bowerman's biography written by Kenny Moore, who was a teammate of Phil Knight's on the Oregon track team. So I got a little of the history of Blue Ribbon Sports through that account, but not much about the change into Nike. Plus that account focused more on the making/designing of the shoes, which was where Bowerman was revolutionary. Phil Knight spills his entire guts i...
  • W. Whalin
    Co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, has a remarkable life story of starting this world-wide shoe brand. I love reading memoirs and the story has places with keen interest--yet other areas are boring and could have been easily cut. The results is something OK but NOT amazing and page-turning for the reader. The 386 pages could have been cut to something like 200 or 225 and been much better. It's OK and worth reading.
  • Shalini Sinha
    "I’d tell men and women in their mid-twenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt."Shoe Dog is the best business memoir I've ever read and the second most influential book I've read this year so far. In ...
  • Frank
    Picked this up hoping it would be a fascinating and inspirational book about leadership and passion. Well... it was an interesting book, at least. It follows Phil Knight's professional career starting from a small running shoe importer up until Nike becoming a publicly traded company. Other reviewers have said they were disappointed that it doesn't cover the birth of Air Jordan, and I would have to agree that it feels like part of the story is mi...
  • Huyen Chip
    Great story. There is grit, passion, and drama. Phil Knight described with amazing details his journey from selling shoes out of his car to building a multi-billion dollar company. It'd have been an perfect from zero to hero story if it wasn't for its elitism. All important people in Phil Knight's life seem to be rich and powerful. Knight's parents paid for his college, for his expensive MBA. Then the 24 year old Knight asked for even more money ...
  • Austin Haukinz
    Overall: Meh. This book doesn't contain much. No real business or leadership insight. Not even an interesting story about the formation of Nike. Mostly the life of Phil Knight and Nike's early legal trouble. Truth be told, Phil Knight sounds to be an all around self-absorbed individual. Not someone I'd ever look up to. I'm still a fan of Nike products, just not this book.
  • Mallika Saharia
    Any successful business has had its share of ups and downs which later on, makes for a absolute cracker of a story. But when narrated by an athlete with the same energy as that of Prefontaine, it can only fan your flames for pursuing your passion, in one way or the other. Just do it.
  • macy
    This book was really inspirational and I think that it's a great book for people that would want to do business in the future or if they just need some inspiration. People's accomplishments always amazes us and we praise and remember people for their achievements but we never look on the other side. The side of failure. Mistakes. Grit. And most importantly, hope. What we don't see is all the teamwork, determination, and hard-working people and th...
  • Melania 🍒
    4,15/5I didn’t know anything about Knight before reading this, but I ended up having a special affection for him. Throughout the whole book I sensed this truthfulness in his writing , he wasn’t shy in showing his weaknesses and his miss judgments; he didn’t want to make it seems like you need some kind of super powers to build a brand as big as Nike ,or that it’s a one man job , or that you don’t need to make important sacrifices for it...
  • Prashasti
    “To study the self is to forget the self. Mi casa, su casa. Oneness—in some way, shape, or form, it’s what every person I’ve ever met has been seeking.”The very first memoir that made me stick to it until the last page, it gives an insight into Phil Knight's life, author of this book and founder of NIKE , shows you all the uncut footage, behind-the-scenes world of building and running a legendary American multinational corporation. It'...
  • Aldo Aguirre
    My favorite book of the year so far. Knight shares the personal, honest, vulnerable side of building an empire. The prose is beautiful, the lessons are great. My favorite thing of this book is that it portrays perfectly how building a business isn't about being a smart 'businessman', but about the people that surround you, hard work and good luck. I had never been a sports fan until very recently. In the last 3 years I found a new interest in ten...
  • Suzanne
    “Like books, sports give people a sense of having lived other lives, of taking part in other people’s victories. And defeats. When sports are at their best, the spirit of the fan merges with the spirit of the athlete.”I'm slightly conflicted about how to rate this book. It was a rollicking good read and Phil Knight did not shy away from openly talking about his mistakes nor gloss over the challenges of working with him, but there were defin...
  • Emilie22
    Loved this book and it was a perfect plane book except for the two parts where I teared up and tried to inconspicuously wipe away the silent tears. Having just started business school and completed a class on leadership, it's fascinating to see yet another example of leader who unconsciously did some textbook things of a great leader and consciously did some thing of a "bad" leader. Early on, Knight ignores a team member and intentionally doesn't...
  • Kristen Bornemann
    I finished this book but it was a push to get beyond the self-congratulatory, privileged, misogynistic words that oozed throughout this entire book. "I paid someone very little, isn't that funny?" "I was an asshole but that's just the way I am! Blame my dad!" Very little about working through the actual challenges that Nike came across besides revealing in being a white old dude and surround yourself with old white dudes in America. Awful.
  • Kristjan
    By far the best business person memoir I’ve ever read. Phil is not afraid to admit his mistakes and stand up for all the good things Nike stands for. "Life is growth. You grow or you die."I'll look at my Nike shoes differently from now on.
  • Христо Блажев
    Навярно лекарството за всеки бърнаут, мислех си, е просто да работиш повече:“Изкуството на победата” е книга за бягането и за постоянното рискуване на всичко. Найт ми звучи пределно откровен, а разказът му от първо лице теч...