Sneakers have come a long way from simply being a gym staple. Now, the runways and street style scene are populated with a statement pair or two. Wearing sneaks out has never been cooler and more liberating, and you don't even need to dress sporty to pull it off. We even dare to style it out-of-the-box and edgy.
The trick is to find a versatile pair in a classic silhouette that could go with almost any outfit but also distinctly stand out. And if you're still searching for that holy grail pair, set your eyes on the Nike Cortez—a shoe that's anything but ordinary. For over 45 years, it has propelled champion runners, has graced silver screens and the boob tube, and has become a hip-hop street style staple. Officially released in 1972, its rich history, cult status, and dedication to footwear innovation has made it into the pop culture icon we know today.
Sleek, simple, and undeniably classic, the Nike Cortez sneaker is the one you're looking for to pull off head-turning OOTDs. If you still aren't convinced, see how the Cortez sneaks paired with bolder pieces bring out volleyball player Alyssa Valdez's edge. That said, we list five fashion-forward looks you can do with sneakers that'll definitely get you noticed.
1. Do it athleisure-ly.
WMNS Classic Cortez: Oregon
Who says your track pants and zip-up jackets should just be for working out? You can take this look straight out of the gym and into a hangout with friends. Despite your all-black outfit, keep it cool and edgy with bright-colored sneakers. Also don't be shy and layer on your jackets for a more textured look.
2. Dress it up.
WMNS Nike Cortez '72: Provence Purple
Most people say dresses are for girly girls, but we definitely think not! Layer a slip dress over a white shirt and a cool pair of leggings for an androgynous twist. But keep your color palette light for that feminine touch.
3. Go denim-on-denim.
WMNS Classic Cortez: OG "Forrest Gump"
Sneakers and denim are a no brainer combo. But add some swag by opting for a statement bra top, colored sunnies, and a bold lip to change it up. Talk about comfy yet oh-so-cool.
4. Skirt the issue.
WMNS Classic Cortez: California Classic
Go punk with a leather skirt, a hardware belt, and a statement tee that perfectly matches your monochromatic sneakers. Remember, black and white doesn't need to be boring nor basic.
5. Pretty preppy.
WMNS Nike Cortez '72: Black-Dark Grey-Ivory
Call this the wild card look if you must, but we say it's actually very wearable for the office. Pair your streamlined sneakers with checkered pants, a sleeveless hood, and hoop earrings for an interesting outfit that's not a typical corporate norm. And we mean that as a stylish compliment.
Inspired by Alyssa's Cortez style? Show us how you style your sneakers in an edgy, unexpected way and be a part of the Cortez movement! Post your Cortez OOTD by using the hashtag #MyStyleMyEdge before June 3 and you might just get a surprise from Alyssa Valdez! For more info, visit Alyssa's IG page.
Nike Cortez is available at Nike stores, Sole Academy, Capital and The Athlete's Foot.