The first is the original white and red pair with blue and gray accents, while the other is a more muted blue and grqy version. Both feature sacai’s signature double-everything approach, including a double Swoosh, tongue, and laces. The sole features a mix between the Cortez’ classic ridged outsole and an Air Zoom bubble at the forefoot taken from some of Nike’s more contemporary designs, such as the Alphafly or Air Zoom Type.
The Cortez is Nike’s first-ever shoe, which was designed by Bill Bowerman back when Nike was still Blue Ribbon Sports and distributing sneakers for Onitsuka Tiger (ASICS) in North America. sacai has a tendency to remix iconic archival models with contemporary styles, so it makes total sense that the Cortez is given a new lease of life by the brand during the model’s 50th anniverasry.
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