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7 reasons to buy

  • The leather on the low-top Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton looks and feels better than the regular Cortez Basic Nylon model, one buyer observes. 
  • Nearly all reviewers enjoy the comfortable feel that this kind of Nike sneakers provides.
  • Many describe the shoe’s basic silhouette as trendy and stylish.
  • A couple of buyers who have used this shoe for working, traveling and daily walking are satisfied with how it holds up.
  • Most users appreciate the shoe’s lightweight construction. 
  • The Cortez Basic Nylon Compton is sold at an affordable price point.
  • It looks better in person than advertised, a few purchasers have stated.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some say that the Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton is hard to find.
  • The white soles, as well as the suede material, are difficult to keep clean, at least one has revealed.
  • A few users have complained against the shoe’s slightly narrow build.

Bottom line

A lifestyle icon in Southern Los Angeles County, the Cortez Basic Nylon is dressed in black and white to pay tribute to Compton’s loyal Nike fans. Dubbed as the Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton, its silhouette looks similar to the original Cortez except for its gold accents on the heel and the tongue label.

The addition of gold stitching, however, gives this shoe a luxe look. Its durability, lightweight construction, comfortable feel not to mention its price point which remains budget-friendly make this special edition a model worth buying.


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The Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton is available in men’s sizing. Sneaker addicts can expect this low-top lifestyle shoe to provide freedom of movement. It has a nylon upper with suede overlays for ample comfort. Also, it offers adequate support. 

Predominantly dressed in black, this runner turned casual shoe’s main highlights are the touches of white on the eyelets, heel tab, tongue and sole as well as the hints of gold on the heel and tongue label. Its minimally styled silhouette is viewed by many as versatile as it can be easily rocked with everyday bottoms and tops. It is also considered as an excellent summer/ spring shoe for its superior breathability.

Looking synonymous as its forerunner, the Compton version of the Nike Cortez Basic Nylon is made distinct with the addition of the Compton callout on the heel tab. Just below it, the “CPT” logo, which also stands for Compton, is embroidered in old English font in gold. The dubrae, which is often made in silver, is in gold this time for a more premium look.

In the year 1964, sneaker giant Nike, which was known in those days as the Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), distributed shoes for Japanese footwear manufacturer Onitsuka Tiger. Aside from distributing shoes, track coach and BRS co-founder Bill Bowerman worked with Onitsuka Tiger to create the best possible distance and running shoe.

Two years after, a running shoe that was both comfortable and durable was born. Designed by Bowerman, the sneaker, which was constructed with a thick rubber sole, an elevated heel as well as an aerodynamic leather upper, was dubbed as the TG-24.

The shoe’s unattractive name, however, had to be changed to something more catchy. Thus, its name was altered from the “Mexico,” in line with the 1968 Summer Olympics, to the “Aztec,” a name that was also used at that time by Adidas, and finally the “Cortez,” which was taken from Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes’ who defeated the Aztecs.

Onitsuka Tiger and BRS, later on, split. BRS launched its own line of footwear which they called Nike. The two companies fought for the Cortez’ rights. The court allowed both to manufacture and sell the model. They, however, ruled in favor of Nike who kept the Cortez name. Onitsuka Tiger, on the other hand, was forced to change their version’s name to the “Corsair.”

1972 marks the Cortez birth since this was the year when Nike officially introduced the shoe to the public during the Munich Olympics. Three years after, a lightweight version debuted. Made of nylon, it was appropriately called the Nike Nylon Cortez.

Decades have passed, and Nike fanatics from Southern California remained loyal to this 70s runner. Perceived as a sneaker staple by most Los Angeles natives, global giant saw it fit to celebrate the Cortez’ 45th anniversary by paying homage to one of the oldest cities in the LA county, Compton. Released on June 1, 2017, the Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton was sold online as well as at select retailers for $75.

  • Hidden behind the left tongue of the shoe, the year 1972 is printed in gold.  The right shoe, on the other hand, displays the year 2017 also in gold.
  • The XLV Nike Cortez, as well as the known herringbone pattern, is printed on the insole. Its insoles are glued to the footbed.
  • The Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Compton retains the striped midsole for lightweight cushioning and an outsole with herringbone treads for traction.
  • The lacing system with flat laces can be loosened and tightened to achieve a snug fit. The shoe also comes with extra white laces.
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.