The Nike Cortez is arguably one of Nike’s most recognized shoes in the brand’s history. This month, Nike celebrates the classic shoe and co-founder of the brand, Bill Bowerman, with the release of two special Cortez shoes.

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Bill Bowerman had a passion for the track which led to successful years as head coach at the University of Oregon, winning multiple National titles, and earning the spot as head coach for the Olympic Track and Field team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Bowerman took his passion to another level by creating the Nike Cortez. With what took about 20 years of experimentation, Bowerman birthed Nike’s first ever track shoe, and undoubtedly the shoe that helped bring the brand to be known as one of the leading athletic shoe and athleticwear companies in the world.

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In celebration of the influential coach and shoe, Nike is releasing two editions of the classic track shoe: The NikeLab Cortez ’72 and the NikeLab Cortez Textil. The NikeLab Cortez ’72 is a replica of the first Nike Cortez ever released, sticking to the details of the original model including: zigzag edges, back pull tab, rubber toe cap, exposed foam tongue and minimal leather upper. The NikeLab Cortez Textil Collection offers a modern touch for today’s snearkerhead, with premium oiled suede, nylon and corduroy uppers, and 3D embroidered logos. The Cortez Textil comes in five colorways which include Team Red, Classic Brown, Medium Olive, Canyon Grey and Obsidian.

Story By: Amanda Del Mar
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