Forrest Gump wore them as he ran across America, but Nike Cortez were already a retro essential. Classic running track styling meets West Coast California cool in these iconic kicks that are set to see you soaring.
Classic sporty styling with Nike Cortez
Designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in the early 70s, the Nike Cortez trainer was an innovation in running shoe technology. Put your own retro spin on sportswear and choose a classic pair of Cortez. Look to plain white with a coloured Nike tick to wear with jogging bottoms or running shorts on the track, or pick a black pair to wear with running leggings and a Nike Windrunner to stay slick as you work up a sweat. Inject some of the Cortez style into your everyday wear and wear them with loose fit denim and a roll sleeve tee, finish with a puffer jacket for some nostalgic 90s vibes.
Updating the Nike Cortez
Long at the helm of modern design, Nike has continually updated the Cortez with modernised fabrics and colour-ways, which range from smart all-black styles to dazzling metallic designs. Pick a pair of silver Nike Cortez trainers to wear with cuffed leather trousers and knitwear - women can give the look some androgynous styling with a sharp shirt layered underneath a sweatshirt, while men can finish with a softer side and a knitted jumper. Go editorial and look to the fashion week street style brigade for some trend inspiration. Match white Cortez trainers with everything from denim and trenchcoats to summer dresses and shearling jackets.