VINTAGE LOOK, EVERYDAY COMFORT. The Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Men's Shoe is an updated version of Bill Bowerman's 1972 running classic. It features a heel that's slightly wider and higher than the original, plus a lace dubrae and modified design lines. This version features a nylon upper with suede overlays for a lightweight feel and throwback style. Benefits Nylon upper with suede overlays for durability and comfort Foam sole for lightweight cushioning Rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for traction Shown: Team Red/Team Red/White Style: 819720-603 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.