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Brand: Nike

Model: Cortez

Key Features: Mixed material construction; suede, nylon and leather, handwritten “MOORE” graphic, full-length rubber sole unit.

Release Date: TBA

Price: TBA

Buy at: Nike and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: After Mister Cartoon’s variations, the Nike Cortez’s big year is further celebrated with this upcoming pack.

Back when Bill Bowerman was the coaching track at Oregon, one of his star distance runners named Kenny Moore suffered an injury while racing in the Tiger TG-22, a shoe designed for the high-jump. Discovering how poor the shoe performed, Bowerman went to work on building a better distance running shoe with more foam cushioning and arch support, which Kenny Moore wore as a prototype. The shoe would eventually become the Tiger Cortez, and when Nike was founded, the Nike Cortez.

In honor of the sneaker’s distinct history and essentially one of the Swoosh’s most popular silhouettes, the three new colorways of the Cortez will debut soon, with the white pair featuring a handwritten “MOORE” graphic on the side modeled after the original prototype he wore.

Also, this “Cool Grey” VaporMax is one of the stealthiest yet.

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