Nike Cortez '72 SP | Now Available

Nike Cortez '72 SP | Now Available

Nike resurrect the Cortez '72 - a silhouette which boasts a long history in heritage and interesting story on its' beginnings...

The Cortez story begins in the mid '60s when Nike was known as Blue Ribbon Sports - a company founded by Bill Bowerman, and Phil Knight. At the time Knight also distributed for Japanese Sportswear brand Onitsuka Tiger, whilst Bowerman was the man behind the design.

Originally desgined for Onitsuka Tiger, the Cortez was an instant hit, and would become one of the first Nike silhouettes to enter the market as Blue Ribbon Sports transitioned into its' own company. The Cortez made it possible for Bowerman and Knight to run Blue Ribbon Sports as a fully fledged sportswear company. Onitsuka Tiger were unaware that that Bowerman had taken back his Cortez design as a BRS shoe until a rep visiting the BRS warehouse came across the shoes. From here on the battle of ownership commenced...

As the Cortez continued to excel in popularity under BRS, Onitsuka Tiger weren't happy and so eventually, legal action was taken. After countless battles, both companies were granted permission to sell the shoe. Over the years, the Cortez silhouette went through various amendments and updates, changing from an all-leather upper, to a lighter nylon material construction.

This 2015 edition of the Nike Cortez '72 SP pays homage to Nike's heritage - constructed closely to the original design featuring a full White leather upper with Red leather accents featured on the Nike Swoosh. A nylon backed open sponge tongue is added complete with an embroidered tongue label with Nike branding. Further elements are added like the zig-zag details seen throughout and the leather pull-tab on the heel. Upon further inspection of the heel tab reveals the smooth leather inner lining. The size break information is printed on the inner lining on the inside heel, nearby the Metallic Silver coloured footbed. Finally the, the shoe sits atop a bright White midsole with Blue details, on a serated tooth outsole.

The Nike Cortez '72 SP is available now in-store & online. Sizes range from UK3 - UK12 (including half sizes) priced at £95.

For more information on in-store size availability please call the store on 020 7287 8094.

 

 

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