Athletes are always looking for something that will give them that special edge. Obviously, one of the most effective ways to get that competitive edge is to use shoes that are superior to virtually everything else on the market. Several years ago, one such shoe came along in the Nike Cortez. Once athletes found out about its existence, they started using this shoe almost exclusively. It was noted for providing superior performance and reducing pain associated with overtraining. Today, it's commonly worn by athletes and non-athletes alike. As a matter of fact, you're just as likely to see someone wearing it on the street as you are when they're training on the track. Below are 10 of the most popular models of this particular shoe that you can buy.
Nike Cortez Classic
This is the shoe that started the entire craze. As a result, it virtually has to be at the top of the list. If it weren't for it, none of the other design variations in this particular line would even exist to begin with. In addition, this is a model that's still completely capable of holding its own, no questions asked.
Nike Cortez Classic Suede
For people that love the comfort and performance of the shoe so much that they want to wear it in daily life, this is a perfect option. Granted, most people don't wear suede shoes to train athletically, but this is a great shoe for wearing around town, especially if your plans involve a lot of walking. It also looks great when you're trying to pull off a casual look that isn't too overdone. The black color of the shoes prevents them from calling attention to themselves, so it's like having the best of both worlds.
Nike Cortez Basic Leather OG
If you love the idea of shoes from a throwback era and you like the looks of the original classic, this is a perfect combination. As you might have guessed from the name of the shoe itself, this version is made of leather. In addition to looking good, they also last for years.
Nike Cortez Basic SL
This is basically the same thing as the classic version, only it's made for older kids. After all, it isn't just adults that love these shoes. Young kids and teenagers alike fall in love with them. This particular model comes in two different colors, so there's something for everyone.
Nike Cortez Basic SE
This is a men's shoe that's basically like the classic design, with one major difference. It's filled with the puffy nylon material that makes up the exterior of the shoe, similar to many of the more contemporary shoes that are popular today. It provides a slightly different look and it's easy to simply rinse it off if you get it dirty, yet you don't have to give up any of the comfort or performance.
Nike Cortez Classic Nylon
What women's shoe line would be complete without a nylon version? The reason these nylon shoes are so popular is because they’re breathable and extremely lightweight. Therefore, you don't have to worry about your feet getting hot and you certainly don't feel like your feet are heavy when you're wearing these shoes. In addition, they come in three different colors so you can choose your favorite.
Nike Cortez Basic for Men
This shoe is perfect for people that work on their feet all day. As a matter of fact, it's not at all uncommon to see several men wearing them in hospitals. They're all-white design also makes them a popular choice, not to mention the fact that they're comfortable and well made.
Nike Cortez Classic Nylon Unisex Shoe
The thing that sets this one apart from all the other models out there is that it is indeed a unisex shoe. This is becoming a popular trend in shoes and it actually makes it easier to find the right shoe sizes for people that seem to fall somewhere in the middle when trying to buy either men's or women's shoes.
Nike Cortez Basic SL
This one is an ultra small version of the classic design, made just for toddlers and infants. It's a great way to make sure that your kids start out with a good shoe that will give them a firm foundation for the rest of their lives, not to mention helping you find shoes that can take a ton of punishment without falling apart.
Nike Cortez Classic iD
These shoes come in all kinds of bright colors and can even be customized to fit your desires. If you want a great shoe that is completely unique, this is it.
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