Details:Four decades ago, Nike started on the track. University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman began to test footwear ideas with his athletes, including the likes of Steve Prefontaine and Kenny Moore, who would play a key role in the creation of the iconic Cortez.
During one of his many runs in Eugene, Oregon, Moore broke his foot and was forced to use a dime he kept in his sock to called coach Bowerman to break the news. Once Bowerman inspected Moore’s running shoes, he noticed they had no arch support, leading to his creation of a new shoe with a first-of-its-kind, full-length midsole cushioning design. Celebrating 45 years of Cortez heritage, three new looks of the silhouette celebrate iconic moments that have helped make the classic endlessly coveted.
On 7 December 1969, Kenny Moore raced through the city streets of Fukuoka, Japan to break yet another record in his already brilliant career: the fastest marathon run by an American. This special-edition Cortez, constructed in OG nylon and suede, arrives decked out in the colours of that historic marathon. It sports Moore's record-setting race time debossed on the heel counter, plus a sockliner graphic inspired by the Japanese streets he made a blur.