Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers call it an “eye-catcher” because of the high platform sole that speaks high fashion. 
  • Some buyers are happy with the sky-high platform shoes because they are stylish yet functional in boosting the height of wearers. 
  • A handful of users say the sneaker is surprisingly comfortable with enough cushioning for walking. 
  • Some women say that the steeply priced sneaker is a worthy purchase given the high fashion makeover of the Nike Cortez. 
  • Some commented they would receive compliments when they are wearing the CDG x Nike Cortez Platform on special occasions. 
  • One commenter is pleased with the black and white colorway and color blocking in the platform soles with stripes and checker patterns. 
  • Wearing these platform shoes will make you literally “stand out in the crowd,” one observer said. 
  • Some find the black and white colorway versatile and easy to pair with their clothing. 

 

5 reasons not to buy

  • While the shoe proved successful in grabbing attention, some people find these types of sneakers impractical to wear and a tad too flashy. 
  • Many reviewers commented that placing these platforms on a running shoe silhouette like the Nike Cortez destroyed the primary purpose of the iconic sneaker. 
  • Several reviewers say there is nothing new with the design as Comme des Garcons simply added an extremely high platform and this has been done before by other high-end brands. 
  • Some find the extremely high platform irrelevant as it even made it difficult for some wearers to walk on these shoes without feeling they would trip over. 
  • The steep pricing of these sneakers discouraged some to buy the Nike Cortez Platform x CDG. 

 

Bottom line

Officially abandoning the running shoe functionality of the original Nike Cortez, Japanese label Comme des Garcons surprises its loyal followers with its latest sky-high rendition. The CDG x Nike Cortez Platform shoes are visually stunning footwear for those wanting to stand out in the crowd. Its eye-catching black and white color blocking allow versatility with a three-inch-high platform. However, some Nike Cortez purists are unconvinced citing impracticality of the latest streetwear makeover.

 

Facts

The women-specific design of the Commes des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform generally runs true to size. The Commes des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform women’s shoe on feet fits narrow to medium feet with those with wide feet advised taking half to full size higher for a more relaxed and comfy fit. The platform shoe is kept tight by the regular flat lacing system and is available in US women’s sizes 5 to 12. 

For a sneaker silhouette that was unveiled on the Paris Fashion Week runway, the women's Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform shoes are expectedly chic, elegant, and scene-stealing footwear. The steeply priced women’s sneaker has a versatile black, and white color combination on the leather upper, a striped pattern on the rubber midsole platform, and a ripple pattern on the outsole is one of a kind aesthetics for most sneakerheads. 

Aimed for the Fall/Winter 2018 season, the stunning and avant-garde design is only fit for a magazine spread. When it was first shown to the public, the Nike Cortez Platform x Comme des Garcons sneakers were worn by models dressed in brightly-colored corseted dresses with tulle ruffled skirts with neutral jackets with elongated sleeves. In spite of the flashy tops and skirts, eyes remain fixed on the Nike Cortez spin-off with sky-high platform soles that are reminiscent of the Spice Girls’ chunky platforms in the ’90s. 

The women-specific sneakers are perfect for those night outs at the club where you are expected to flaunt your cocktails and party dresses. Women may also don these kicks if they want to go to concerts with an added three-inch to their height courtesy of the collaborative design from the Japanese label and the world’s largest footwear maker. Overall, the Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform women’s sneaker is a flashy kick aimed for those who want to be given the instant spotlight starting from the foot going up. 

Made of quality leather material in the upper, the main highlight of the Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform is the three-inch platform midsole with a black and white stripe pattern that presents the iconic silhouette in an exciting new design exclusively for women.

The Nike Classic Cortez was released more than 40 years ago in time for the 1972 Olympics. Designed by Bill Bowerman, Nike co-founder, and Olympic track and field coach, the design is light, sleek, and comfortable that was an instant hit among many runners. Inspired by the Onitsuka Tiger’s Corsair, the Nike Cortez was the first successful design that came out of the American footwear company founded by Bowerman with Phil Knight 

Before the Cortez was released in the early 1970s, the design process started as early as 1968 when the company was still known as Blue Ribbon Sports. Olympic track coach Bowerman created the thick-soled running shoe with a leather upper to be used primarily for long-distance running.  The groundbreaking sneaker was constructed with long-wearing outer sole and a full-length rubber midsole cushion that absorbs shock and reduces fatigue. With these pioneering features, many of the world’s top long-distance runners and competitive marathoners have started using the Nike Cortez shoes that are often labeled by runners as the ‘most comfortable shoe ever’ during its early years. 

Later installations of the Nike Cortez in the next 20 to 30 years offered a more laidback design that has made it among the bestselling lifestyle sneakers of all time. Through the years, the Nike Cortez has been released in materials such as leather, suede, and nylon. 

Fast forward more than four decades later, the Nike Cortez had a significant shift from being a running shoe into a lifestyle sneaker. One of the significant factors for the sudden increase in sales of the footwear in the past decades is the presence of the silhouette among favorite television shows and movies. The Classic Cortez has seen some airtime in hit television shows like Seinfeld in the 1990s and Charlie’s Angels in the late 1970s.  

But what further sparked interest in the silhouette is the shoes’ movie placement in the Academy Award-winning film Forrest Gump where Gump played by actor Tom Hanks, received the iconic Swoosh shoe from his friend Jennie. The Cortez in its white, red, and blue colorway also featured in Gump’s feet as he ran across America.  

Now more than 40 years since the release of the Cortez, Nike has embarked on a massive campaign to market the silhouette to the next generation of sneaker lovers. Among their recent campaigns involved supermodel and endorser Bella Hadid riding a skateboard in a Cortez almost mirroring Farrah Fawcett in her Cortez ad campaign in the 1980s. The Nike Cortez also was given a makeover by musician and rapper Kendrick Lamar whose past collaborations with Reebok have proven to be a success. 

Giving the Nike Cortez further attention and a new audience among fashionistas, the Swoosh brand also partnered with Japanese label CDG for a chic and stylish rendition of the iconic sneaker. The Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez platform sneaker was first launched on the Paris Fashion Week runway in March 2018 for the Fall/Winter collection of CDG. As models dressed in bright corseted short dresses with tulle ruffled skirts strut the runway, the Comme des Garcons x Nike Cortez platform were on their feet as the gallery fixed their eyes on the new silhouette. The collaborative design featured a white calf leather upper of the Nike Cortez with collaboration logo patch at the tongue, CDG-branded mismatched insoles, eye-catching striped midsole measuring three-inches high, and ripple outsoles. 

Comme des Garcons creative director Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde touches on the Nike Cortez sneaker gave it a modern aesthetic aptly made exclusive only for the sophisticated woman. The sky-high rendition further elevated the design quite plainly with black and white color blocking to highlight the versatility and vintage inspirations. The shoe was finally dropped in August 2018 for a hefty $554 price tag. 

  • Shoes are made of genuine leather material in the upper with a black Swoosh on the sides. 
  • The Commes des Garcons x Nike Cortez Platform collaborative patch is placed at the tongue. 
  • Ripple sole can be found at the bottom of the platform midsole for better traction.  
  • Mismatched Comme des Garcons insoles give an edgy look to the collaborative shoe design. 
  • A three-inch midsole is decked with black and white stripe pattern. 
  • Synthetic textile lining ensures interior comfort for the sneaker. 
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com