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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • This sneaker never goes out of style, praised by numerous users. Few even shared that they received compliments while wearing their Classic Cortez SE OG.
  • The Nike Classic Cortez SE OG is a comfortable pair to walk in even for a long period of time, shared many reviewers.
  • Most users noted about the durability of this shoe.
  • The lightness of this shoe was enjoyed by many reviewers.
  • Many liked that this pair is easy to clean.
  • Few online buyers revealed that the Classic Cortez SE OG looks better in the actual.
  • A couple disclosed that they love the retro vibe of this shoe.
  • Comes with extra laces.
  • Generally runs true to size.
  • Many liked that this pair is reasonably priced.
  • Many said that they will recommend this pair to their friends.
  • Available in multiple colorways.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of the critics said that the Nike Classic Cortez SE OG runs narrow. They suggest buying a half size up than the buyer’s usual size.
  • Few users complained about the tightness around the toe area.

Bottom line

In 2016, Nike announced the re-birth of their first design masterpiece. The Nike Classic Cortez SE OG features its ageless profile with a touch of freshness. With its minimalist design, durable materials and unwavering comfort, this shoe easily turned into an everyday essential sneaker.  A must-own for people who are into OGs.



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Nike Classic Cortez SE OG History

In 1968, the Corsair was launched as a long distance running sneaker that was designed by Bill Bowerman. After four years, it was reintroduced as an official Nike product and named it Cortez. It features a lightweight sneaker with one-piece foam like midsole with herringbone pattern outsole. The simplicity and the unfussy profile made a remarkable impression to the majority of the masses.

More than 40 years in the market, the Cortez is still demanded by the younger generations. This sneaker has undergone several re-imagining and re-designing over the years. In the modern market, the Cortez is not used as a running sneaker but also as a streetwear.

The comfort of the Cortez lies in its thick rubber midsole. It has an elevated heel to help decrease the injuries, especially the Achilles tendon strains. The popularity of the Cortez was further elevated when it was used by the main character in the award-winning film the Forrest Gump.

The Cortez has seamlessly transitioned from running sneaker to a casual shoe. In 2016, the revival of the Classic Cortez was launched in the market. It has been seen in the street being worn by the younger generation street fashionistas.

Nike Classic Cortez SE OG Style

The Nike Cortez features a low-top leather upper with bold accents to highlight the retro branding. This sneaker is suitable for the casual fashion for its clean and simple design. Many wearers sport their Classic Cortez SE OG activewear, jeans rolled up, joggers, shorts and tees or polos. Some ladies don this with their minis, dresses, and legging. Buyers can almost wear anything with the Classic Cortez OG. 

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Classic Cortez SE OG is available in men’s and women’s sizes. Women have sizes 5 to 12 while men have 3.5 to 15 US in medium width. It has the lace-up closure for a snug fit. Most wearers revealed that this pair runs narrow that is why they suggest buying a full size up for a more comfortable fit.

Notable Features

The eye-catching big Swoosh on both sides completes the overall look of the Nike Classic Cortez OG. This fat belly Swoosh in contrasting color amplifies the retro vibe of this classic pair.

Additional Info

  • This Classic Cortez SE OG gained popularity through the movie Forrest Gump that was released in 2004. It was worn by the titular character when he ran from the Alabama to the Southwest. Gump also wore this during the famous scene when he was sitting on the bench reflecting about life and chocolates.
  • It has a wedge EVA midsole that adds cushioning and lightness.
  • The low-top collar allows the wearers to maximize the range of motion.
  • It has a herringbone-pattern rubber outsole for a durable traction.