Verdict from 8 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • This sneaker never goes out of style, numerous users have praised. 
  • The Nike Classic Cortez SE OG is a comfortable pair to walk in even for a long period of time, many reviewers have shared.
  • Most users note about the durability of this shoe.
  • The lightness of this shoe was enjoyed by many reviewers.
  • Many like that this pair is easy to clean.
  • Few online buyers reveal that the SE OG version of Nike Classic Cortez looks better in the actual.
  • This model comes with extra laces.
  • Many like that this pair is reasonably priced.
  • Many say that they would recommend this pair to their friends.
  • Nike offers this is several colorways.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of the critics said that the Nike Classic Cortez SE OG runs narrow. 
  • Few users complain 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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Good to know

The Nike Classic Cortez SE OG is available in men’s and women’s sizes. Nike inserted foam midsole to deliver superb support and comfort. Also, this sneaker uses the conventional lace-up closure system for a snug fit.

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

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.

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.

  • 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.


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