Nike Classic Cortez / by Alex Young

The Nike Cortez has been a classic ever since its inception in 1972. Originally created by Oregon Track coach, Nike founder, and visionary Bill Bowerman simply to provide a running shoe that was as comfortable as it was durable. On track success and the shoe's simplistic look lent itself favorably to the sneaker's fondness in popular culture... "Run, Forrest, Run!" Tom Hanks' 1994 film certainly cemented the Nike Cortez's legacy and people like Kendrick Lamar have made it a staple. To celebrate Nike will release the iconic runner in its original white and varsity red colorway with premium white leather upper, foam tongue, EVA foam midsole, and rubber herringbone outsole on February 28 at Nike Sportswear retailers worldwide ($100 USD).