Nike Cortez Los Angeles for Dodgers opening day
Thursday will bring a lot of fanfare with the Los Angeles Dodgers and across Major League Baseball for the opening day of the 2021 regular season. In addition to a wide array of programming on SportsNet LA and MLB Network, the festivities will include a Nike Cortez “Los Angeles” released at select retailers.
The pair originally was made available over the summer of last year in limited quantities. It is similar to a blue version that Nike released from its famous Cortez model at the start of the 2019 season.
This version of the shoe was made available at the Nike store located inside Dodger Stadium, among others, and gained popularity with Walker Buehler and Joc Pederson as model athletes.
For Opening Day 2021, Nike outfitted the Cortez with an all-white upper with an accompanying blue swish with red stitching to fit more into the baseball theme. “Los Angeles” in red cursive that mimics the Dodgers logo is superimposed on the swoosh.
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The shoe also has a blue collar and on the tongue is “LA” with a red swoosh underneath.
The Nike Cortez debuted in 1972 and has been commemorated with city-specific pairs such as the City of Angels, and various collaborations, including one with Kendrick Lamar of Compton.
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