In this upcoming collection, Nike takes it WAY back to the origin of its brand- before the brand was even fully formed. Three versions of the Nike Cortez, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman’s OG Nike runner, are being released, but not with the typical Nike Swoosh on their uppers. Instead, sneakerheads get a pack of three alternate logos that could have been Nike.
The trio of red, white, and blue makeups feature Carolyn Davidson’s original slim Swoosh, a Dimension Six moon logo, and a speedy Peregrine embellishment. All three designs were eventually discarded for the ‘fatter’ Swoosh we know and love today. The Nike Cortez has also been modified to resemble its original look. A leather heel tab and toe bumper are added, while the rest of the shoe is slimmed down and wrapped in white leather, highlighted by the red and blue old school designs. The shoes largely resemble the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66’s that Blue Ribbon Sports initially peddled.
This deep, deep dive into the Nike archives gives Nike lovers and sneakerheads a never-before-seen look at the beginnings of (arguably) the greatest footwear brand in history. While we are not personally sold on the slimmed down, retro look, the pack stays true to the roots of Nike footwear like never before. Seeing these kicks on the street will surely inspire a double take by any knowledgeable footwear connoisseur
The Nike Cortez “Shoe Dog” models are expected to release in July for $120 each. Stay with us for more details.