BACK TO THE BASICS
Inspired by the 1972 icon, the Nike Cortez Basic SE Men's Shoe stays true to the original for a classic look.
Textile or leather depending on color
Foam midsole for lightweight cushioning
Rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for traction
Shown: Gym Red/White
The Nike Cortez was Bill Bowerman's first masterpiece, built to be lighter and more weatherproof than any other shoe. In 1972, it put unprecedented cushioning under the fastest feet in the running world and quickly became the most popular training shoe in the country. It was an unmistakable icon—a walking billboard that told your story and declared your affiliation—and came to thrive with fierce style on the streets of Los Angeles. Since then, no shoe has expanded the definition of a running shoe quite like the Nike Cortez.