One of the most celebrated sneakers of all-time turns 45 years old this 2017. A running sneaker turned-lifestyle essential, Nike’s Cortez was widely accepted for its no-frills design.
Today, the Nike Cortez continues its legacy, serving as a symbol of style and heritage for different generations. To honor the Cortez, Nike is set to release different variations of one the most important sneakers in history. Learn more below:
The Nike Cortez receives a versatile shape and a fully-reflective upper topped off with a white and black midsole.
Nike pays homage to its roots with an Oregon-inspired pack. Seen in two colorways, the nylon sneakers arrive in fresh Ochre and Gorge Green, representing Nike’s home state.
For women’s, the Nike Cortez is seen in a Classic Green colorway which represents its collegiate running program at the University of Oregon.
Inspired by the first Nike running shoe ever, the Classic Cortez SE inherits a “remastered” leather upper. Referred to as the “OG”, this iconic colorway was spotted during Whitney Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl Performance, cult flick “Forrest Gump”, and an unforgettable Farrah Fawcett advertisement.
An iconic piece of fashion for the streets of Los Angeles, the Nike Cortez is seen in a version showing its ties with the hip-hop communities in Compton. To finish off the pair, Nike incorporates the communities’ DNA by adding a Compton text in the rear and a CPT (Colored People Time/Compton) in Latin font.
For the Women’s version of the “Compton” Cortez, Nike utilizes the same colorway and adds a “Nike” text in Latin font at the rear.
Behold a piece of streetwear history as the Nike Cortez turns 45 (XLV) today, across all Sole Academy stores + Sole Academy Online.
Get to know more about the sneaker’s history here: THE NIKE CORTEZ, SINCE 1972
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