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Nike Bring Back The Classic Cortez Women's In Signature Red, White and Blue

Nike Classic Cortez Women's

Nike's original running shoe, the Cortez, is turning 50 next year! In the half-century since it was first released, the Cortez has grown from a technologically-advanced trainer that was forced to change its name to a cultural staple that transcended its Olympic origins, a sneaker that provided one of the most memorable moments in an iconic film and even – more sinisterly – a signifier for MS-13. Nike are so excited about the Cortez's big 5-0 that they couldn't even wait until 2022 to begin celebrating, so the Classic Cortez Women's is back in its original white, red and blue colourway.

Co-signed by everyone from Farrah Fawcett to Bella Hadid over the last five decades, the Cortez is famous for its low-slung design, pointed toebox and ripple herringbone sole. The red, white and blue colourway seen above is the Cortez's most famous, and boasts a crisp white leather base with red Swooshes and heel pieces plus a slab of blue foam on its midsole. This build was conceptualized by Nike founders Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, and aimed to provide long-distance comfort and support to runners from all walks of life.

Knight and Bowerman certainly fulfilled their goal, with the Cortez quickly becoming a hit upon its inaugural release – and although nobody runs in Cortez anymore in 2021 (at least we hope!), it's beloved as a lifestyle choice today. If you're looking to add a pair to your rotation ahead of next year's anniversary, the Nike Classic Cortez Women's is available via the Nike webstore now, priced at $80.

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