With Chris Gibbs at the helm, Union LA has produced some of the most compelling collaborations the Nike umbrella has ever seen. Their Air Jordan 1, for example, was quickly declared one of the best releases of 2018 and even years beyond. And while the Air Jordan 4 and Air Jordan 2 that followed initially divided, the praise for them gradually turned into a decent roar.
Today, the store is once again moving away from MJ’s many signatures, creating a unique take on the Nike Cortez. On an episode of Full Size Run, Gibbs mentioned that he wanted to create a Cortez for people who don’t normally wear the shoe, which he did by almost completely remodeling the classic’s panels and overall construction.
While the lines of the original are surely present, they are shaped in a much more contemporary way, somewhat reminiscent of the futuristic design of the Union x Air Jordan 2. The Cortez, however, imagines a less optimistic future, as the midsole is completely run down, with holes in the sidewalls. Textured end caps then wrap around the front and back of the fixture, mirroring the reinforced, lived-in look of the upper screens with its additional suede panels, patched eye patches and canvas base.
In terms of colors, the pair is not unlike that of the “Guava Ice”, as the same shade of blue and pink is used on the multi-colored base and adjacent accents. A light tan makes up the majority of the construction, which complements the lighter finish on the sole and tongue. As for branding, Union signatures – such as the Frontman tab and “UN/LA” – mark the heel, forefoot, tongue and cork insole.
Take a close look at the upcoming Union LA x Nike Cortez here. As of now, no release date has been confirmed, but we should hear more about the collaboration very soon.
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Union LA x Nike Cortez
Release date: 2022
Style Code: DR1413-200