The Nike Cortez was created by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. The men first met in 1957: Bowerman was the track and field coach at the University of Oregon, and Knight competed on Bowerman’s team. The two friends became business partners soon after Knight bought the distribution rights of Onitsuka Tiger brand athletic shoes from Japan for the USA.
The initial name of their business was Blue Ribbon Sports and was later changed to Nike in 1972. Although the business was distributing decent athletic shoes, Bowerman believed that athletes deserved a better track shoe than what was available. After years of designing and experimenting, Bowerman finalized his image of the Nike Cortez in 1968; and in 1972 the shoe was released.
Designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, the Nike Cortez has been continuously produced since it debuted in 1972. This iconic running sneaker features a leather or nylon upper, EVA midsole, and solid rubber outsole with a classic herringbone pattern.
Nike also released a feminine version of the Nike Cortez called the Senorita Cortez.
- Package Dimensions : 12.99 x 9.25 x 4.72 inches; 4 Pounds
- Item model number : 819719
- Department : Mens
- Date First Available : October 14, 2019
- Manufacturer : Nike
- ASIN : B07PXWW92R