Nike Classic Cortez '72 QS 'Shoe Dog Pack - Dimension Six'
Nike co-founder/chairman emeritus Phil Knights “Shoe Dog” memoir is a fascinating look into both Knight’s life and the early days of his company, so the Beaverton Brand is now paying homage to their genesis and the book itself with a three-pack of special takes on the Nike Cortez. One of the most interesting parts of Knight’s tale is how he and his early team settled on a name and logo, so this trifecta of kicks both acknowledges their obvious final choice and nods to two lesser-known brand names that didn’t make the cut: Dimension Six and Peregrine. Each shoe is dressed in a classic red, white, and blue color scheme that’s true to the original 1972 release — one of Nike’s first big hits — and each also features an ultra-slim cut, thin midsole, and premium leather upper.
The Nike-centric pair features designer Carolyn Davidson’s original slim swoosh on its side, while the Dimension Six makeup opts for a blue midfoot piece overlaid with a red circle and text logo. The Peregrine pair then uses a swift red falcon graphic with gold text on its top wing. You also may notice that each pair features a toe cap, toebox overlay, and heel pull tab, embellishments that are not present on modern-day Cortez releases. This is because the original ’72 Cortez in fact drew inspiration from Onitsuka Tiger and their Corsair, a shoe that Knight and Bill Bowerman helped create and were still distributing for the Japanese brand under their “Blue Ribbon Sports” label during the early days of Nike.