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The Nike Cortez Flyknit Men's Shoe combines a timeless icon with ultralight Flyknit technology, creating a silhouette that's instantly clean and classic.
The traditional colours and lines of the classic running shoe return, while a simple, one-piece foam sole creates a fresh, organic look. A herringbone pattern and Swoosh adorn the outsole.
A Nike Flyknit upper hugs the foot and supports the signature teeth-shaped eyestay and toe overlay.
An extended sole adds surface area to the heel for better stability and comfort.
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 USA. 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.
Nike Flyknit OriginsNike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners craving a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock. Nike embarked on a four-year mission with teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the technology needed to make the knit upper with static properties for structure and durability. Then the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability—all in one layer—was refined. The result is a featherweight, form-fitting and virtually seamless upper. This unprecedented precision maximises performance while reducing material waste by an average of 60% compared to traditional cut and sew, saving millions of kilograms of material from reaching landfills.