In the early 70s there was no stopping Steve Prefontaine. As something of a Muhammad Ali to distance running, Prefontaine was known for powerful quotes and an irreverent desire to win that lead him to, at one point, hold American records for seven different distances. His competitors donned ‘Stop Pre’ t-shirts to galvanise a movement to beat him, although he took to wearing the tee himself and paraded it as a challenge.
Almost 50 years on, Nike have immortalised the moment in running history with their most famed runner – the Cortez. The shoe is built from period correct materials and bedecked with the red, white and blue Prefontaine wore in the ’72 Olympics, as well as a hexagonal sign on the heels that nods to the t-shirt. ‘The tradition never stops’ is also inscribed on the inner tongue.
The ‘Stop Pre’ Nike Classic Cortez will be available on January 28 from The SNKRS page of Nike online.