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2 Reasons Why Nike Cortez is a Pop Icon

A glimpse of the popular silhouette’s influence.

Hands down, the Nike Cortez is one of the most iconic sneakers in its companies history. Designed for running on diverse terrain, the shoe evolved from a track star’s favorite to a global standard of cool kicks. There are two memorable moments that made the Nike Cortez a pop icon.

Forrest Gump is a critically acclaimed motion picture, that captures a man’s adventurous journey of life in the United States of America. In the movie, Forest sense of refuge comes from his love for running. Jenny (Forrest life-long love interest) decided to gift him with a pair of Nike Cortez. This was the first time I wanted a pair of all white sneakers (even though my mom or dad wouldn’t buy me a pair). Forrest literally ran across the country in his Nike Cortez’s. Those scenes showed me how durable and reliable the signature line really is.

Fast forward to recent years, the Nike Cortez thrives on a grand scale. Once my interest in hip-hop developed, I realized how prevalent the Nike Cortez is on the west coast (specifically California). It was a match in heaven when Nike signed rapper artist Kendrick Lamar to an endorsement deal. Similar to his style, the Cortez is eloquently simplistic. Each colorway had subtle hues and alterations on them to signify the artistry of the lyrical genius.

The Nike Cortez transcends all boundaries of culture.


Writing is a craft that LaMon "Noy" Byrams developed at a young age, but never used it on a professional level. After interning at DTLR/VILLA, the company decided to acquire his literary talents to write compelling articles focused on their latest shoes and sneakers.

July 10, 2019



  1. Nike Cortez has been my tennis shoe since the beginning it has the best feel and tough leather that holds up under all condition’s. Plus they look awesome. They are the only Nike shoes that has not changed since they started. Love the Cortez..hope they continue forever!

    1. I am happy to say that my Father was the designer for the Cortez at Nike in NH. It is an incredible shoe and it still selling strong.

  2. I love Cortez’s they’re so comfortable and look sleek if you’ve never owned a pair you definitely want to put these on your list much more than a tennis shoe love love these

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