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Nike Honors Kenny Moore, the Runner Responsible for the Birth of the Nike Cortez

An all-white colorway is inspired by Bill Bowerman's original prototype
Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

Back in 1965, University of Oregon runner Kenny Moore discovered he had broken foot after suffering debilitating pain during a long training run. His track coach, Bill Bowerman, aka the co-founder of Nike, undertook a mission to build Kenny a shoe with more cushioning and arch support, ensuring that his prized athlete wouldn't suffer a similar injury. That initial prototype would undergo various iterations -- with constant feedback from Moore -- and eventually lead to the creation of the Nike Cortez.

52 years later, Nike pays homage to Kenny Moore's contributions with a special collection highlighted by this white Swooshless edition of the Cortez, featuring an exact replica of how Bill Bowerman labeled that first prototype. 

Expect the Kenny Moore Collection to launch August 25th via the SNKRS app and at select retailers.

Release Date: 8/25/17 (Friday)