Who should buy Nike Cortez Basic Leather

This low-top Nike Cortez Basic Leather model complements everyday clothes such as plain colored tops, skinny jeans, shorts, and joggers and is a great choice if you want to sport around and look good in this pair.

Nike Cortez Basic Leather logo

Freedom of movement

The low-cut collar gives freedom of movement to the ankle. 

Nike Cortez Basic Leather collar

Premium feel and durability

The Cortez Basic Leather upper is built with full-grain leather which makes it durable and offers a premium feel. This material provides support for the foot when in motion. 

Nike Cortez Basic Leather upper

Comfort for the foot

This running-inspired sneaker is well-padded inside which makes it very comfortable for the feet. As a whole, the Cortez Basic Leather maintains its vintage silhouette but has a more comfortable foam midsole that acts as a cushion for the foot.

Nike Cortez Basic Leather midsole

Great grip of Cortez

The herringbone tread is also to be noted as it adds to the grip of the foot.

Nike Cortez Basic Leather grip

History of Nike Cortez Basic Leather

It all started way back in the trunk of Phil Knight’s car. It was a combination of Knight’s search to make a living without giving up athletics and Bill Bowerman’s quest for the best racing shoes. As Knight went to Japan in 1963, he was able to meet up with a famous Japanese running shoe manufacturer, Tiger, a subsidiary of the Onitsuka Company. Both parties invested $500 in selling some pairs in the US under Blue Ribbon Sports, Knight’s representation.

Nike Cortez Basic Leather front

The Nike Cortez became a hit during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Yet Bowerman continued to improve the shoe by changing the leather upper to nylon. This was then called the Nike Nylon Cortez, the world’s fastest running shoe. But Bowerman did not stop there. A more updated version featured a better leather upper plus the foam midsole for comfort. And this is the low-top Nike Cortez Basic Leather.

Nike Cortez Basic Leather heel

Though this shoe is running-inspired, people see it more as lifestyle footwear that is versatile. It is an icon with interesting colorways that sneakerheads continue to tune in for more developments in the future.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Cortez, Nike Cortez Basic
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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