We have over 20 different variations of the iconic Nike Cortez. Here at Soleheaven, we love the history, the heritage, the story, the evolution and the iconic nature of these ground-breaking sneaks. So this is why we chose to make a special blog post covering them.
So, as they are running shoes we will begin from the starting line! The Nike Cortez was running coach and co-founder of Nike Bill Bowerman's first masterpiece, built to be lighter and more durable than any other shoe. In 1972, it put unprecedented cushioning under the fastest feet in the running world and quickly became the most popular training shoe in the country. It was an unmistakable icon. A walking billboard that told your story and declared your affiliation—and came to thrive with fierce style on the streets of Los Angeles. Since then, no shoe has expanded the definition of a running shoe quite like the Nike Cortez.
To this date they are still icons on the street, the legacy carried on by style savvy individuals that understand the minimal aesthetic sneak is not to be undermined. With different versions being introduced over time including the Ultra's the 72's and the many spin-offs they have inspired.
Not only are they appreciated by us streetwear lovers, celebrities and Hollywood alike. "I WAS RUNNING'. Most famously featured in Forrest Gump when he receives a pair of Cortez from Nike which led to the retro colourway of the white upper with the red swoosh and blue hints in the midsole. (Click here to purchase)
If seeing the American legend himself wearing then this next one should impress you, if they are good enough for Jordan Belford aka the Wolf of Wall Street then who are they good enough for, featuring in the amazing Scorcese film and rocked by Leo, most notably for the part where he tries to get into his car whilst under the influence, you can see in the video below Leo rocking the white & black leather Cortez on his feet. (Click here to purchase)
Even stars like Kendrick Lamar & Childish Gambino have been seen rocking these staples on their feet a lot, showing their understanding of how these literally go with so many outfits due to their minimal appearance. In 2013 Kendrick had a verse in Big Sean's track 'Control', saying... “And I ain’t rockin’ no more designer sh**, white T’s and Nike Cortez, this red Corvette’s anonymous…”
"The Nike Cortez. I don’t know how it is around the world, but in LA I was influenced by the ’80s. My uncles wore Cortez – the type of gangster, OG vibe. They’re the originals, you can’t ever go wrong with them" - Kendrick Lamar
Here you can see Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino donning his rare colourway of the Nike Cortez
You can see the influence they hold, appearing in decades of pop culture and I honestly can't speak highly enough of the Cortez. So the best thing to do is try them on yourself which you can do by clicking this link here.