Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight‘s “Shoe Dog” memoir is a fascinating look into both Knight’s life and the early days of his company. Nike pay homage to some interesting parts of his memoirs with the latest Cortez '72 'Shoe Dog Pack'.
Picking apart one of the most interesting of Knight’s tales, the pack brings to life a trifecta of of the Cortez both acknowledging the obvious final choice and nods to two lesser-known brand names that didn’t make the cut (Dimension Six and Peregrine). Each shoe is dressed in a classic red (heavily detailed embroidery), white, and blue colour scheme that’s true to the original 1972 release and each also features an ultra-slim cut, thin midsole, and premium leather upper.
The Nike-centric pair features designer Carolyn Davidson’s original slim swoosh on its side, while the Dimension Six opts for a blue panelling overlaid with a red circle and type-set. The Peregrine pair then uses a swift red falcon graphic with gold text on its top wing.
You also may notice that each pair features a toe cap, toebox overlay, and heel pull tab, embellishments that are not present on modern-day Cortez releases. This is because the original ’72 Cortez in fact drew inspiration from Onitsuka Tiger and their Corsair, a shoe that Knight and Bill Bowerman helped create and were still distributing for the Japanese brand under their “Blue Ribbon Sports” label during the early days of Nike.