in honor of nike cortezOn the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Swoosh has roped in a select few collaborators to reinterpret its iconic design for the next half century.from them, sakaiWhich blends legacy and modern Nike running principles for the Zoom Cortez 4.0.
Dressed in the opening color palette of an old-school performance model, the sneaker incorporates a shape familiar to Cortez’s original schematics, though arrangement courtesy of Chitoz Abe deviates from the decades-old proposal.The dual-layered profile swoop, tongue, and other components have returned to most of Saikai’s Nike sportswear collaborations for the past three years.And while striking the Nike Cortez, the stacked design details play a secondary role for the Zoom Air units visible at the front of the sneaker.The likes of Abe not only incorporate the new visual language into the model, but also improve its performance benefits, since the shoe debuted 50 years ago without an Air.As stated in the tagline for the collaboration, the shoe is “still crazy after all these years.”
Enjoy the campaign imagery of the pair ahead, courtesy of sneaker politicsWaiting for you to try your luck through Nike SNKRS and $185 USD in select stores on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st.
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UPDATE (08/23/2022): The release date is expected on August 31, 2022.Sakai X Nike Cortez
Release date: August 31, 2022 (Wednesday)
Colour: white / varsity red / light crimson
Men: $185Style Code: DQ0581-100