Nike Cortez (Eazy E)
The Cortez was Nike’s first track shoe created in 1972, and was one of the sneaks that helped make the brand what it is today. It was built for comfort and durability. Perfect for the dopeboy who stands on the block all day and is occasionally forced to run long distances while being pursued by the police. Word is, the sneaks became popular among gang members because of their solid colorways and eventually became associated with thugs in general, and given the handle, “Gangsta Nikes” or “Dopeman Nikes.” Former N.W.A member and “Dopeman” rapper Eazy E, can also be given some credit for the shoes’ popularity as he frequently rocked the Cortez in videos and photos.