The sacai x Nike Cortez was first teased in January as part of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collection. Now, official images of the shoe have finally come out.

Some new tweaks have been added to this Nike classic

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cortez, the Swoosh has asked Chitose Abe and a small group of other artists to work together. And the Japanese designer has brought back the classic “White/Varsity Royal/Varsity Red” color scheme of the old Nike Running model for this collaboration, but the sole unit has been completely redesigned. Close-to-the-ground cushioning and serrated grip are given a layered look like sacai’s most popular Nike collaboration to date, the LDWaffle, as well as an exposed Zoom Air system like Nike’s best running shoes. The changes don’t stop at the bottom, though. Profile swooshes, overlays at the heel, and collars all create a multi-layered design that gives a shoe that came out in 1972 a new, experimental look.


The Sacai x Nike Cortez is a gorgeous shoe that lets you play with colors in a fun way. You can wear them casually with anything, or you can wear them with a suit to add a hint of style. Sacai keeps doing what it does, no matter what.