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Track and field
Three ways to style the Nike Cortez
creative direction SHINI PARK photography & styling TEAM PARK & CUBE in collaboration with Nike

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shirt DAGMAR silk black top MALENE ODDERSHEE BACH skirt KIOMI trainers NIKE ‘CORTEZ’

Gone are those days when my hooves – tad tall for the day’s purposes – made odd Christmas-tree shaped marks in the pavement on a hot summer day. Banished, are the thoughts that fleeted into my post-adolescent, under-cooked brain, teasing with a very useless idea of purchasing stripper heels with a 3-inch perspex platform and a goldfish residing under each foot (or dollar-note tips, whichever). You know, kids and their insecurities, one of mine were: short, Asian legs. My early twenties was in fact, punctuated with poor choice in footwear: cheap ‘leather’ glued with ‘wood’, and heels generally too high for my/my immediate surroundings’ own good. And to think of all the things I could’ve done had I been a little closer to earth – all the buses I could’ve caught, the nights I could’ve slept indoors had I not given up on walking home on the bloody stumps I called feet…

Perhaps it’s life’s Yin & Yang, but now I own a UberXL-load of sneakers in varying shapes and sizes, a hefty bunch Nike’s – naturally. All made for a ‘track’ or another (the Cortez originally a running shoe), but worn beating down London pavements and chasing buses (and catching them for once). Insecurities are re-allocated (cellulite, taxes), but I’m glad to say that for the past few years I’ve been sleeping indoors every night, thanks to this obsession for trainers. The Nike ‘Cortez‘, returning since its original debut in 1972 and then 1994 in Forrest Gump, is new to the family. No plans yet to run cross-country in them but here’s three ways you can at least get to the next meeting without hailing down a black cab.

Gentle colour-blocking works famously when layering basics: sleeveless top TODD LYNN skirt STELLA MCCARTNEY trousers COS trainers NIKE ‘CORTEZ’

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Sporty, but not for sports. Top off with statement jewellerydress FILIPPA K cardigan MANDKHAI earrings ASOS NIKE ‘CORTEZ’

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Lots of legs (read: Angelina Jolie slit) to balance out the casual : red dress KIRSTY WARD black dress BACK BY ANN SOFIE BACK trainers NIKE ‘CORTEZ’

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dress FILIPPA K cardigan MANDKHAI earrings ASOS NIKE ‘CORTEZ’

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22 Comments

  1. I love the look with the red dotted (cut out) dress. Lovely and different.

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  2. I like the sleeveless top and how you grabbed onto that tennis net. All the colors look so fresh! Big <3.

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  3. love this location !

  4. Fall in love with the look and the photos were wonderful .

  5. this location is just soo good for this outfit !

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  6. Cool red dress and nice layers!

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  7. Such a great take on the athleisure trend, just the way I like it!

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  8. I love those shoes, and this shoot is amazing! I love the photos!

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  9. Just when I thought I wasn’t in a the market for a new pair…

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  10. Oh man I’ve started my collection too! I have a pair of Supergas and Adidas, but now truly coveting a pair of Nikes. I feel infinitely cooler. ALSO, I saw the few snaps of this post… did you change in public?!

  11. You styled them so well! Loving the colours here.

  12. Love these looks, especially the look with the red dress. You styled the sneakers in a very unexpected, chic way. :)

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  13. loved the comment about “Short, Asian legs” its nearly a universal truth isn’t it? I too recently found rebirth in the form sneakers worn on a daily basis, and it is wonderful to not come home with “bloody stumps”. Love the layout and clever wit you put into your posts.

    Mia

    http://www.justanotherasiangirl.com

  14. Love these! I’m thinking of upping my “athleisure” sneaker game with a pair or two of Nike Roshe’s, but these could share a space on the shoe wall too.

  15. This is the epitome of sportsluxe. You definitely nailed this style well!

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    Emily
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  16. all pics are amazing. i love your dark colored dress. it really suits you and also red one.

  17. I am in love with these – they were top of my Christmas list. Such a good shoe. Also still feeling silly for not saying hi at the weekend. Have a good week my love xxx
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  18. Love the sporty urban style!
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  20. Lily

    Nice photos!
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  21. Adam

    I’d kill for those shoes, lovely photos x
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  22. Sandra

    Obsessed with this! So cool!
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