We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers mention that the Nike x Kendrick Lamar Cortez Basic Slip looks better in the actual than the photos found on the internet.
  • A large number of buyers highly recommend this sneaker to anyone.
  • The majority of satisfied buyers commend the overall comfort of the Cortez Kenny IV. Some of them vouched that they could use this model all day without hurting their feet.
  • Several respondents commend the super soft removable insole of this model.
  • A handful of buyers like the easy to wear design of this model that is perfect for wearers with an on-the-go lifestyle.
  • Some users cite the lightness of this fourth iteration of the Nike x Lamar sneaker.
  • Many wearers like the premium materials utilized in this model.
  • Nike offers this at an affordable price range.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers complain about the visible glue stain found on the midsole of this model.
  • Few buyers criticize the tad tight fit of the Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez Basic Slip.

Bottom line

The fourth installment in the Nike x Lamar collaboration was unveiled. It abandoned the traditional lacing system of the classic Cortez silhouette and replaced it with an easy to slide in construction.

This model was praised for its unmatched comfort enhanced with the ultra-soft insole and its lightweight construction. This sneaker mostly received praises for its bold and stylish design that stands out in the crowd. Valued within the budget-friendly range, this kick is worth a room in anyone's arsenal of bold and unique sneakers.


Expert Reviews

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Nike offers this model is offered exclusively in men's sizing. This version replaced the traditional lacing system with elastic goring on both sides for easy slip-on. Meanwhile, the adjustable back heel toggle provides a snug fit and adds deconstructed appeal.

This low-top Nike Cortez Basic Slip x Kendrick Lamar displays the classic profile of the iconic Cortez revamped to suit the on-the-go wearers. The all-white leather upper is with wolf grey details, accented with turf orange hits on the midsole stitching and the tongue, and highlighted with the thunder blue Nike Swoosh.

The minimal and clean color palette allows the classic profile to shine, keeping the vintage vibe of this kick with stand out appeal. The bold style of this model can be worn with simple, relaxed attire such as blue biker denim or grey jogger pants topped with plain tees and a cap.

The lace-less rendition of the classic Cortez makes this sneaker very remarkable. Many also notice the stitching that outlined the Nike Swoosh as this pair's minimalist rendition of the iconic logo. As opposed to the simple Swoosh, Nike added an oversized cushioned tongue with the "House Shoe" Phrase printed that strikingly calls the attention of many onlookers.

On August 2017, Kendrick Lamar, a known Reebok guy after revamping the Reebok Ventilator, Reebok Classic Leather, and Reebok Club C, announced through Instagram his latest partnership with the Swoosh brand. Lamar was also known as Kung Fu Kenny, a show-stopping artist with many chart-topping hits to add to his credentials.

Posting a picture of him rocking a pair of Nike Cortez shoes with a caption "Cortez. Since day one," Lamar announced his collab right before his opening performance for the MTV Music Awards 2017. In early 2018, two days before the Grammys, Nike x Lamar launched the Nike Cortez Kenny I "Don't Trip" in White-Red colorway accented with black shoelaces. Found in front of the shoelaces is the "Don't Trip" typescript with Chinese symbols on the toebox to symbolize his fascination with the Chinese culture.

Before 2018 ends, Nike and Lamar announced their fourth collaboration using a laceless Cortez. The Nike x Kendrick Lamar Cortez Basic Slip On shoes display overlaid tongue piece with elastic bands for easy to slide design. Lamar labeled "House Shoes" on these bold kicks to complete the striking look.

  • The rubber outsole has a serrated pattern for traction and grip on various surfaces.
  • The Kendrick Lamar Nike Cortez Basic Slip was named as "Kenny" after Lamar's alter ego, Kung Fu Kenny.
  • Before Nike, Lamar partnered with Reebok and launched several collections. The last model was unveiled in 2016.
  • The inner liner has the “PREFERABLY WEAR WITH SHORTS AND TALL SOCKS" print.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.