(SPOT.ph) The Nike Cortez has quite an interesting history, one that dates as far back as the late 1960s. You may even remember the famous scene in 1994's Forrest Gump when Jenny gives Forrest a pair of Cortez sneakers as a gift. Like many of the brand’s other popular silhouettes, including the Air Max and the Air Force 1, the Cortez has been getting remodeled and revamped with all-new designs since its first release. While we’ll always love the classic varsity red-and-blue accents, we couldn’t help but drool over some of the gorgeous new iterations of The Swoosh’s original running shoe. We round up a few of our faves.
Here are 10 Nike Cortez colorways you can shop now:
Classic Cortez LX Floral (P4,495)
This floral iteration of the Cortez reminds us of funky Hawaiian shirts—perfect to wear on your next tropical getaway. The plush EVA foam on the midsole promises to keep even your longest walks comfy and light. It also features a cute pink flower charm on the top of the laces, adding an extra fun twist to the zany shoe.
Classic Cortez in White/Black (P4,195)
The OG red-and-blue colorway gets an edgy makeover with this pair, which features a predominantly white exterior with black accents on the swoosh, heel, sole, and tongue. In case you’ve been hesitant about buying the original Cortez, worrying if the colors will match all your outfits, this ultra-versatile pair may just be what you’re looking for. Plus, did you ever notice that this pair in particular looks like a pit bull? The Internet sure has.
Classic Cortez Premium in China Rose and Black (P4,495)
The pink and black color combo on this pair is giving us major mid-2000s punk-pop flashbacks (think Avril Lavigne circa-“Girlfriend”). While you’ve probably outgrown that angsty phase, admit that you’ve still got a bit of a soft spot for it. You can wear these cute sneakers with tons of outfits, mesh gloves and black nail polish not required.
Classic Cortez Premium in Cosmic Clay and Light Aqua (P4,495)
Did you know that the orange and teal color scheme is actually very popular among filmmakers and photographers? You’ve probably seen it on the big screen or while scrolling through your Instagram feed without even noticing. The contrasting colors work well together because they are opposite each other on the color wheel, complementing each other perfectly. And these Cortez sneakers are proof.
Classic Cortez in Black/White (P4,195)
Looking to give your white kicks a break? Black sneakers can be just as versatile as their counterpart on the other end of the color spectrum, and they come with the added benefit of being less susceptible to pesky stains. If you’re hiding away your OG white Cortez pair while it’s raining out, this predominantly black iteration of the shoe could become your new go-to.
Classic Cortez in Laser Orange and Laser Fuchsia (P4,195)
The Cortez gets a pretty makeover on this pair, which features neon pink and yellow accents. It kind of reminds us of pretty much every blonde-hair-having, pink-clothes-wearing character to ever exist—Barbie, Elle Woods, Regina George, Didi from Dexter’s Laboratory, Princess Aurora, the list goes on. Use the pair to add an unapologetically girly twist to your streetwear.
Classic Cortez Nylon in Phantom and Light Aqua (P3,695)
The aqua-colored accents on these Cortez sneakers give them a fresh, futuristic feel. We also love the added light gray details on the toe, upper, and lower heel, which gives a subtle touch of dimension to the shoe and emphasizes the suede material used on the gray accents. You can pair it with other mint-toned clothes and accessories for a chic, coordinated look.
Classic Cortez Nylon in Rose Gold and Light Redwood (P3,695)
Add a pop of pink to any outfit with this gorgeous pair, decked out all over in warm rose tones of varying shades. The stark white swoosh adds a nice bright contrast against all the pink and helps balance out the design. You’ll want to add it to your all-pink collection—if you don’t have one, you might just be tempted to start.
Classic Cortez in Basic Vintage Floral (P3,795)
Just a hint of floral details on these predominantly cream-colored sneakers gives the pair a dainty touch, but still keeps it versatile enough to wear even with edgy looks and grungy streetwear ensembles—very Tyler, the Creator vibes. They’ll add a bit of quirk and fun to any outfit you pair them with.
Classic Cortez in White (P4,195)
Every sneaker needs an all-white version. The clean-cut, pristine look of the monochromatic body, swoosh, and sole will add that final sleek touch to any outfit. If you’ve been looking for a goes-with-everything pair that you can slip into every day without a second thought, your search may just be over.
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