Nike just re-release its iconic "Cortez Classic" sneaker, and it should be at the top of every must have list this Spring. These shoes were MAJOR back when they were initially released in 1972 as one of the first long-distance running shoes - you may recognize the red, white, and blue colorway from Tom Hanks's cross-country journey in Forest Gump, and Farah Fawcett looked smokin' hot skateboarding in Charlie's Angels.
Even though luxury labels have totally jumped on the athletic shoe as a lifestyle item - last year we saw major designers like Saint Laurent referencing Adidas's Stan Smith's - The Cortez is a total steal with it's moderate price tag (the red, white, and blue colorway tops out at $100 and other colors go for less). It's lean, sporty design works perfectly under jeans and you can play on preppy attitude by pairing with a schoolboy blazer. From the mid-sole color stripe to the commemorative silver "Cortez '72" stamp on the laces (which come in two colors for each pair), these kicks are quintessential cool.
Before buying: the Cortez Classic is offered in women's sizes, but modified with nylon upper and colors that weren't in the original '72 line. For the Cortez in leather with more classic color options (like navy), opt for a men's shoe and use a conversion chart to find your size.