It will be a pivotal year for the Nike Cortez in 2022, when it celebrates its 50th Anniversary as a landmark model in the company’s vast portfolio. Designed and developed by Nike co-founders Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, the Cortez was originally released as a track shoe to coincide with the 1972 Olympics. Since then, the model has evolved into a casual favorite, particularly being adopted as part of the “uniform” for Los Angeles street culture. Not only will Nike revisit some iconic Cortez colorways next year, but it’s also working with some noteworthy collaborators to stir up some buzz.

One of those collaborators will be Chitose Abe’s Sacai, which has been responsible for some of Nike’s most coveted collaborations in recent years. Sources confirm with Sole Collector that Sacai x Nike Cortez collabs are on the way, though exact colorways and design cues have not yet been revealed. In this space, Sacai is known for its double tongue and exposed foam motif, which has appeared on shoes such as the LDWaffle, Blazer, and Vaporwaffle.

Additionally, Nike has Cortez projects with Los Angeles-based Union on the way. A release date for the Sacai x Cortez hasn’t been announced, but stick with us for that information, as well as a first look at the shoe(s) in the near future.

UPDATE (01/24): After initial reports last month, Sacai has officially confirmed that a Nike Cortez collab is on the way as several models were spotted wearing the shoe in its 2022 Men’s Fall and Winter lookbook. Grab an early look at the Sacai x Nike Cortez below as we await official release details from the brands.

UPDATE (07/06): An official Nike product image of the Sacai x Nike Cortez collab has emerged courtesy of @US_11 on Twitter. There’s currently no release info available for the project but we’ll keep you updated with new developments in the coming weeks.

UPDATE (08/17): After much anticipation, the Sacai x Nike Cortez could finally release next week. At the time of writing, the collab is on Social Status’ release calendar for an Aug. 23 launch and will retail for $185. As of now, the SNKRS release has not yet been confirmed by Nike, but check back soon to Sole Collector for updates.

UPDATE (08/23): After releasing at select Nike Sportswear retailers today, Nike confirms that Sacai’s Cortez collab is releasing via SNKRS on Aug. 31 for $185. Grab a detailed look below.

Sacai x Nike Cortez 'White/Varsity Royal' DQ0581 100 Lateral
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'White/Varsity Royal' DQ0581 100 Medial
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'White/Varsity Royal' DQ0581 100 Top
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'White/Varsity Royal' DQ0581 100 Heel
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'White/Varsity Royal' DQ0581 100 Outsole
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'Grey' Collab
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Sacai x Nike Cortez 'Grey' Collab
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