The Nike Cortez, officially released in 1972, is many things: a shining example of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman’s drive to better equipment for runners, the first Nike to offer visible technology and an endearing pop culture icon.
Over the years the shoe has propelled champion runners, graced silver screens as well as televisions, and has become a staple of west coast hip-hop street style.
As the Cortez marks its 45-year journey in the footwear scene, Nike will drop three new colorways on May 30 at select Nike retail stores, Sole Academy, Capital and The Athlete’s Foot.
45 years since its introduction, the Cortez returns in its most famous colorway. Going from the track to the streets, the running icon comes complete in a traditional leather build with a simple white and Varsity Red colorway with subtle blue detailing. True to the originator, the new Cortez is the epitome of effortless 70s California style.
The Cortez is no stranger to Southern California. Recognized as a city staple, the icon now returns to celebrate the Southern California cities where it reigned supreme. A classic black and white colorway comes together with shining gold accents to ignite the Southern California-inspired Classic Cortez.
To celebrate its 45th year, the Cortez design comes complete with the classic design aesthetic that took it from track star to everyday icon. A classic green and yellow colorway celebrates the design’s Oregon roots.