The craftsmanship of this old school nike classic Cortez is shown int he artwork detail. One must look carefully to see the time and patience taken on the hand engraved graffiti style details. Ombre swoosh with crisp orange trimming. The Nike Cortez is the first track shoe created by Nike, in 1972, and is therefore thought to be a significant aspect to the success of Nike, Inc. The Nike Cortez was first designed by Nike Co-founder Bill Bowerman.