Nike’s Blue Ribbon SB skate shoe features the iconic Cortez
Nike likes to play on sentimentality. Its Cortez track shoe is one of its most durable sneakers, originally designed as a performance staple for runners. The Swoosh recently teamed up with Sacai to remix the silhouette with piles and piles of design details, but this time around the brand is revamping the sneaker without a collaborator.
Two pairs of Blue Ribbon SB, aka BRSB, will join Nike’s SB division as all-around skate shoes. One is a Cortez lookalike with its red, white, and blue color scheme, while the other takes a darker approach. The name is a callback to Nike’s original nickname, Blue Ribbon Sports.
A new twist on an old classic – One of the best things the Nike Cortez has today is its simplicity. For the BRSB, Nike uses a classic color scheme with cream adding a vintage touch. This latter shade shows up on the suede forefoot panel, which is outfitted with exaggerated stitching and a sawtooth lacing system overlay. Blown white appears on the tongue and rear half of the sneaker as a closer homage to the Cortez, while red brings bold accents to the main Swooshes and mini Swooshes at the toe, heel and heel tabs. tongue.
White is also the main hue for the midsole and outsole, between which appears a bed of light blue React foam. The outsole has also been given a herringbone texture to provide grip on a board and is printed with a Nike Swoosh under the heel. The Blue Ribbon SB is the perfect blend of past and present, and Nike has dropped their retro branding on the heel tab as well.
As for BRSB’s second pair, the sneaker appears as a more traditional skate shoe with a black upper and white detailing. A mix of materials also adds to this makeup, combining suede and nylon with leather, and white serves as the main contrast shade. The same white sole gives it a bit of lift, and the React foam insoles are a translucent light gray.
Hernán Cortéz would be proud — 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cortez, which is why you’re seeing more iterations of the sneaker across the board. Besides the collaboration with Sacai, Union has also a pair in preparation with extravagant uppers and color palettes.
There are no release details for the Nike SB BRSB yet, but given the release of these official images, an announcement can be made soon. Those looking to get their hands on a pair may need to channel their inner Hernán Cortéz, the conquistador whose Cortez was named, in order to conquer the drop.