CLOT x Nike Cortez “Forrest Gump” DZ3239-100 White/Game Royal-Red


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Originally designed for the track by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, the Cortez first debuted in 1972 in this “OG” colorway, which would later regained popularity when they were worn on screen by Tom Hanks in the film, Forrest Gump.

This offering of the CLOT x Nike Cortez (CLOTEZ) arrives in a White, Game Royal, and University Red colors scheme nodding to the “OG” release.

The CLOT x Nike Cortez is given the 3-in-1 design, This means the sneaker can be worn as as or it can be taken apart to become a sneaker or you could rock the detachable overlays as a slip-on reminiscent of a Kung Fu shoe.

The lace-up room shoe comes embroidered with Chinese characters “?” and “?” (Kung Fuat the heel, while the slip-on features a Kung Fu shoe-inspired silhouette with drawstring fastening to secure.

The shoe, meant as an indoor house shoe, features a White leather upper with Red Swooshes, while the slip-on sports Blue Swooshes with serrated bottoms for maximum grip. Each “Clotez” comes with detachable insoles for extra comfort.

CLOT and Nike share a vision of bridging the gap between different cultures and creating products that reflect their heritage and innovation. CLOT, which stands for Creativity Lives On Tomorrow, was founded in 2003 by Edison Chen and Kevin Poon as a lifestyle brand that aims to inspire the youth of Asia and beyond.

Nike Cortez The origin story

The Nike Cortez was designed back in 1972 by Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight as one of the brand’s first shoes when the brand still operated under the name Blue Ribbon. They were made in collaboration with Japanese brand Onitsuka, and were built to be light and comfortable long-distance running shoes. The shoes were packed with never-seen-before thick foam midsoles which have now been updated to EVA foam, which provided more cushioning and support for athletes.

How it got its name was when Onitsuka sent over a shoe prototype in 1967 to Bowerman and Knight, and asked for suggestions for a name. The 1968 Olympic Games was scheduled to be held at Mexico, and Bowerman initially came up with the name “The Aztec” in commemoration of the event. However, Adidas had threatened to sue if the name was not changed as they had already released a shoe called the Azteca Gold. The duo then changed its name to “Cortez” after Hernán Cortés who conquered the Aztecs, an apt representation of what is to come as Nike took the world by storm with the Nike Cortez.


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