First launched in 1972, Nike's Cortez silhouette cemented the company's mission to advance its athletic endeavor. The company, lead by founder Bill Bowerman - whose background in track and field coaching gave him firsthand sportswear experience - was instilled with a drive to create gear offering the utmost advantage in competitive sports. The Cortez shoe's principal innovation was its midsole cushioning system that improved support by providing advanced shock absorption at the heel, which Bowerman would highlight with blue rubber to exaggerate the change in the sneaker's material density.
In honor of Bowerman's legacy, Nike will be dropping both the Cortez '72, a replication of the original silhouette (and issued in its OG "Forrest Gump" colorway), and the Cortez Textil, a modern iteration that features premium-oiled suede, nylon and corduroy uppers and 3D-embroidered logos across five monochromatic colorways.
The Cortez Textil collection is now available, while the Cortez ’72 is set to drop on September 24, both at nike.com/nikelab and NikeLab retailers worldwide.