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    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

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    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

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    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.


    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

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    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A large number of comments noted how breathable the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire with the laser-perforated leather making the shoe airy and cool even during summer months.
  • Several reviewers continue to feel nostalgic about the classic Cortez design and colorway despite a few changes in the upper’s materials and design.
  • Compared to the stiff leather feel of the original Nike Cortez, some reviewers claimed the new upper material is both flexible and supportive.
  • Quite a lot noticed how responsive is the injected Phylon midsole in providing cushioning to the feet.
  • Many buyers think the shoe’s colorway, the soft upper material, reflective Swoosh logo and its overall design makes this sneaker trendy and fashionable.
  • A good number of wearers complimented the cored out Nike Ultra sole for making the shoe extremely lightweight and ideal for walking.
  • A few buyers bought the shoe for their sheer loyalty to the design that they have been wearing for the last 40 years.
  • A few Nike Cortez fans are pleased that the shoe first came out in the OG White/Red/Blue colorway that was even popularized in the award-winning movie Forrest Gump.
  • Some reviewers thought the herringbone rubber sole, despite its enhanced grip and traction, is a tad too soft that it is no longer as durable as the older models.
  • A lot of people find them easy to mix and match with shorts, pant and other types of clothing.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Unlike the original Nike Cortez, reviewers claimed the shoe is only suited for light walking and cannot be dependable for extended hours, all-day walking.
  • Some users noticed that cotton fibers and strings from socks and the sneaker’s inner lining are coming out of the perforations in the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire.
  • A few commented the outsole is no longer as tough as it can only protect the feet on even and soft surfaces adding they feel bumps and stones on the road when wearing it.
  • Some customers think the shoe is lacking in terms of the arch and overall support and stability to the feet which makes it uncomfortable at times.
  • Sizes of this sneaker run a bit narrow according to several reviewers.

Bottom line

The iconic 40-year-old sneaker gets a modern makeover with lightweight upper materials and an improved Phylon midsole cushioning system in the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire. The shoe features an engineered perforated upper with a cored out Nike Ultra sole making the shoe lightweight, breathable, and durable.

Designed to maximize airflow and minimize weight, the shoe is a great pair for the summer months when temperatures start to soar. What further attracts buyers to this shoe is its OG White/Red/Blue colorway that gives users a nostalgic vibe when wearing the classic-inspired shoes with an improved two-tone herringbone sole for added grip and traction.

While the shoe seems to be a good steal, some reviewers claimed the shoe lacks arch and overall support and stability that is needed for long hours of walking. But for its $100 budget-friendly price that goes as low as $50 per pair on sale at some retailers, many customers are likely ready to cop this pair for its promised comfort and style.


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Nike Cortez Ultra Moire History

Released at the time the 1972 Olympics, the Nike Cortez has been a pioneering design of the brand that really got people talking. It was a light, sleek, and comfortable sneakers that every runner wants at the time. It is made of leather with wedges on the rubber sole that is ideal for the track.

Designed by Olympic track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, it was Nike’s first sign of commercial success as sales of the Cortez reached $800,000 in its first year of sales.

Now, some 45 years since its launch, the Nike Cortez silhouette still commands huge sales for the company. Later installations of the Cortez in the past 20 to 30 years offered a more laidback and casual design that has made it among the go-to casual shoes and bestselling sneakers of all time.

But going back to its early beginnings in 1968, the Cortez was initially called as Corsair, patterned after Japanese brand Onitsuka’s Corsair. Back then, Nike was still Blue Ribbon Sports and Bowerman was at the helm with fellow Nike co-founder Phil Knight in crafting a good running shoe. Bowerman intended his new shoe design for long distance running with a herringbone sole that can stand a lot of wear during runs. Incidentally, Bowerman was also the man who introduced jogging or recreational running in the US in the 1970s. But it wasn’t the Cortez that was the first running shoe released by the brand when it was already known as Nike, Inc. but the Nike Waffle Trainer or the so-called Moon Shoes which Bowerman also designed. It featured a waffle rubber sole and leather upper.

However, it was the Nike Cortez that got everyone talking when it was introduced in the streets of Los Angeles with its thick, long-wearing outer sole that absorbs shock and reduces leg fatigue.

Some 20 years after its release, the Nike Cortez slowly transitioned from being a running shoe into a casual shoe. Its popularity never waned and instead continued to produce sales for the world’s largest shoe manufacturer as it was a staple among the street style hip-hop loving community.

But what further boosted Cortez sales was the 1994 award-winning movie, Forrest Gump. The movie which featured actor Tom Hanks as running enthusiast Gump at one scene flashed the Nike Cortez in its OG colorway the White, Varsity Red, and  Royal Blue colorway. As a result, sales of the Cortez skyrocketed again that it is but fitting for Nike to name one of the shoe’s models as the OG Nike Cortez Forrest Gump as an ode to the film.

The same iconic colorway of the Cortez was used by brand designers in the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire when it first hit the stores in July 2016. The lightweight and breathable shoe had perforated upper with modern materials that reduce material wastes than traditional cut and sew methods.

Nike Cortez Ultra Moire Style

The Nike Cortez Ultra Moire continues the legacy of one of Nike’s most popular shoes. This time, the Cortez gets a modern upgrade with a modern touch of Ultra Moire material that has also been applied to equally popular and iconic shoes such as the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90. The result is a lightweight and breathable sneaker that is sleek to wear for various casual occasions. Whether you are wearing shorts or pants, the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire is easy to style and match with clothing. It first came in the stylish OG White, Blue, and Red colorway but other colorways such as Black, Beige, Obsidian, and Red soon followed.

Fit & Sizing

In terms of sizing, there’s hardly any difference for the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire as it runs true to size. It is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium-D and B width.  Sizes range from US size 6 to 13 for men and 5 to 11 for women.

Notable Features

While the silhouette of this iconic sneaker seems to be its most notable feature, the Nike Cortez Ultra Mire came prepared with a few upgrades that improve its upper and sole materials. It includes a one-piece compression molded upper made up of perforated leather material that is lightweight and seamless. The lightweight and breathable upper also sits on an updated sole material comprising of an injected Phylon midsole with three foam densities for soft cushioning while the improved herringbone pattern has an enhanced grip and traction.

Additional Info

  • Despite lacking arch support, the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire has a removable insole which can easily be replaced by orthotic insoles to provide extra arch support when needed.
  • Among the celebrities seen wearing the Nike Cortez Ultra Moire were Bella Hadid, Christina Milian, and Chris Brown.