The Cortez is an iconic running sneaker that has become a casual fashion staple for many. Olympic track coach Bill Bowerman designed the original Cortez; he envisioned it to be the first comfortable running shoe that could be worn over long distances. 

First launched during the 1972 Olympics, it is widely believed that the Cortez was a key part of Nike’s huge success as a company. Once people realised that the 1972 US Olympic athletes were wearing the Cortez, everyone was looking to cop a pair of the modern running sneaks.

The Cortez’s comfort factor lies in the thick rubber sole, built for durability, and the raised heel, which was designed to reduce injury to the ankle. You’ve probably seen the OG colourway before as worn by Forrest Gump in the film of the same name!

While the silhouette hasn’t remained a top choice for runners, the aesthetic has stood the test of time. The comfortable style and simple design has helped it remain a fashion favourite.

The Nike Nylon Cortez, available in Gym Red or Black, features a nylon and suede mix upper, with the unmistakable Nike Swoosh across the side and a herringbone pattern rubber outsole for increased traction.

Get the Nike Nylon Cortez online and in Footasylum stores from the 1st of January 2015.