Run Forrest, run! Three years, two months, 14 days – and 16 hours. That is how long Forrest Gump ran in the identically named movie. Starting in Alabama, all the way up to the South of the United States. Some distance, isn't it? When you think about the circumstances, you'd assume that he had the itch to run – not that he really had to. 'Why' you ask? The moment his big love Jenny gave him a NIKE CORTEZ pair as a present he lost his patience and laced them up only in a blink of a second. What followed afterwards is needless to say. A movie appearance nowadays would not be necessary when you think about the status the Cortez is enjoying: After all the Nike swoosh gained most of its popularity thanks to the swerving, classic and clean design it provided. Not that a Hollywood comeback would upset us sneakerfreaks – not at all, actually.
We write the year 1972: the Nike Company just established itself under a new name and immediately released the Cortez. And Nike delivered what they promised – to provide athletes with shoes living up to their expectation, and even exceeding those in the upcoming years. At the right time the majority of athletes familiarized the high-quality running shoe and realized that the Olympic Games are just around the corner. Due to the televized usage and a already skyrocketing popularity the sales figures went through the roof. 44 years have passed since then. Times and fashion constantly change over the years – but the Cortez is eternal. Through adapting and expanding the range with numerous colorways the classic never lost its groove. Always staying true to the herringbone outsole and a pleasant cushioning has been the key to success over the last decades, which originated into fan-favorite attributes – of course not missing out on the Classic Cortez Nylon. The sneaker kept the aesthetic vintage look as well as its notorious comfort and combines these two key attributes with a lightweight upper out of nylon and suede. Forrest may be feeling a need to slip into his beloved ones again.