CLASSIC COMFORT. ICONIC STYLE. The Nike Cortez Basic Leather OG Men's Shoe is made with a premium leather upper and a timeless running-inspired profile for comfort and an iconic look. Benefits Full-grain leather upper for durability and comfort EVA midsole for cushioning Rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for traction and durability Shown: White/Varsity Royal/Varsity Red Style: 882254-164 Cortez 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.