There are probably many sneakerheads out there who wish that Nike would use leather to craft a new version of their Cortez model. Fortunately for them, Nike has decided to do just that with their vintage running shoe and instead of just one, they intend to drop two leather Cortez iterations. During this year, the Nike release 2015 of several Cortez colorways has taken place, but this time around, the classic silhouette looks more natural sporting a clean and smooth leather upper. Back in the early 2000’s, it had become a trend for high school kids to rock leather Cortez pairs.
Nike had introduced the Cortez running shoe back during 1972 Olympics, which would arguably have not been as momentous as it was if this had not happened. As the 70’s progressed, Nike’s running shoe continued to become a fan favorite and even today, it is valued within the sneaker community due to its classic nature. Ever since the Nike Cortez made its first retail debut, Nike has kept on tweaking the design slightly with each passing year to bring the model up to date while still keeping its vintage aesthetic intact. In fact, these upcoming leather renditions actually contribute to the vintage nature of the silhouette and give it an almost OG look, even though their uppers are not made up of nylon.
The leather uppers of these two Nike Cortez versions are dressed up in tonal black and white, respectively. The heel and the Nike Swoosh logo featured on the side panels are covered in contrasting accents. Both versions are also equipped with tonal laces and matching white midsoles, which add the finishing touch. So far, Nike has not yet made an announcement when these sneakers will arrive at retailers. However, it is being speculated that the Nike release 2015 of these leather Cortez iterations will take place in the next couple of days.