There are always murmurs of certain trainers being the ‘new Stan Smith’ – and the Nike Cortez is certainly one of those shoes. A true retro classic, the Cortez has been making its way back into our trainer rotations again over the past year or so, but we reckon that this summer could really be it’s time to shine. Because like it or not – sometimes it takes an ‘it girl’ to make an ‘it trainer’.

And that’s where model of the moment, Bella Hadid, comes in. Bella has been channeling the oh-so-cool Farrah Fawcett’s iconic Cortez skateboard moment, oozing serious 70s vibes to celebrate 45 years of the shoe. What’s more she seems to have taken it on as her new go-to trainer. So – in the way that fashion usually goes – you’re going to want to get a pair of these now as they quickly become the next big thing.


Let’s not forget though that the Cortez is pretty OG cool, and a bit of a pop-culture icon. From being paired with perfect 70s denim by Fawcett on the Charlie’s Angels set, to making a real style statement on old Leo Dicaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street, to being the shoes Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump donned to run across America – these shoes have had a pretty sweet history both on and off the screen.


If you’re into old-school west coast hip-hop vibes, are an avid Forrest Gump fan, fancy trying out a little bit of 70s style or just love Bella Hadid – these shoes are definitely worth trying out. They’re about as classic as it comes and have proven that they can stand the test of time. Worn by both the ‘It’ girl of the seventies and the model-du-jour and a whole load of people in between – it’s pretty clear that these shoes are still one of the coolest shoes around – and as long as pop-culture loves them, they’ll undoubtedly have a place in our trainer collections.

And it’s your lucky day – the OG colourway has snuck into our SALE. Check it out here.