RETRO RUNNING STYLEThe Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Men's Shoe reinvents the iconic running style with a nylon and suede upper and comfortable EVA midsole. BenefitsNylon upper with suede overlays for durability and comfortEVA wedge midsole for lightweight cushioningRubber outsole with herringbone pattern for durability and tractionCortez Origins The Nike Cortez was Bill Bowerman's first masterpiece, built to be lighter and more weatherproof than any other shoe. In 1972, it put unprecedented cushioning under the fastest feet in the running world and quickly became the most popular training shoe in the country. It was an unmistakable icon—a walking billboard that told your story and declared your affiliation—and came to thrive with fierce style on the streets of Los Angeles. Since then, no shoe has expanded the definition of a running shoe quite like the Nike Cortez.