Day 89/366 – Justin’s Nike Cortez’s Turn 40.

Name: Justin

Hometown: Eugene, OR / Currently residing in: Portland, OR

Justin studied Sports Business at the University of Oregon.

Favorite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

Favorite book: Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore. Justin has read his signed copy (by the author) 4 times.

Justin is passionate about keeping sports in schools. He has participated in a variety of fundraisers to raise money for these programs. Making a big impact: a local high school has won 3 state tournaments since the time the program would have been cut; one of the students on that team could very well be the best female golfer in the country.

Kick’s on Justin’s feet: Nike Cortez Classic OG Nylon QS in Midnight Navy/White

It was a great day when Justin found these at the Nike Employee Store a month and half ago. He purchased 1 pair for himself and 1 pair for his dad. The Cortez’s hold a special memory in his family. His father ran hurdles during the same time that Steve Prefontaine was running track. He purchased a pair of Cortez’s out of Geoff Hollister’s truck back in the 70’s. He wore them until they fell off his feet (Justin put a few miles in them too). “They are simple, comfortable and fashionable. It will always be a great shoe,” said Justin. He was contemplating whether to save his new kicks for a special occasion. Justin decided to just wear them – he broke them in while helping a friend move – and it was GREAT. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Justin!

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Cortez! The shoe was first introduced in 1972 by the legendary Bill Bowerman. Nike China has created a series of videos to celebrate the classic trainer. Watch one below!

Much respect to the Cortez for paving the way!

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