Nike Classic Cortez Metallic Women's, Metallic Hematite, Size 3, 17508445. Classic comfort. Unmistakable style: The Nike Classic Cortez Metallic Women's Shoe is Nike's original running shoe, honed to perfection in premium leather and a soft cushioning system. Benefits: Full-grain leather upper for durability and comfort, Foam midsole for lightweight cushioning, Rubber outsole with herringbone pattern for traction and durability, Cortez origins: The Nike Cortez was Bill Bowerman's first masterpiece, built to be lighter and more weatherproof than any other shoe. In 1972, it put unprecedented cushioning under the fastest feet in the running world and quickly became the most popular training shoe in the USA. It was an unmistakable icon—a walking billboard that told your story and declared your affiliation—and came to thrive with fierce style on the streets of Los Angeles. Since then, no shoe has expanded the definition of a running shoe quite like the Nike Cortez.