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February 27, 2018 - No single connection between a shoe and a city is as strong as Los Angeles’ embrace of the Nike Cortez, originally released in 1972. That bond continues with the Nike LA Cortez, the latest Cortez collaboration between Nike and Nike athlete Maria Sharapova.

Combining her favorite sneaker with her favorite city — and the place she calls home — Sharapova, who has always had a strong eye for design and fashion, says she wanted to create a shoe that captured "LA’s high style." The color palette was inspired by LA’s laid-back vibes and the earthy hues of a West Coast sunrise. Playing off of Sharapova’s childhood interest in calligraphy, the shoe utilizes refined design lines for an off-court elegance. Thoughtful attention to craft and detail brings dimensional layering with premium suedes, leathers and soft gold accents.

"I love how it’s minimal and understated in certain ways, yet there’s so much attention to detail with the finishes, materials and even color," says Sharapova. "I was inspired by my morning walks along the coast on my way to practice, and I think we captured that peaceful essence in this shoe." 

The Nike LA Cortez will launch March 1 at Nordstrom x Nike Sneaker Boutiques and on nordstrom.com, and March 2 on the SNKRS app, nike.com and at Nike The Grove and Nike Santa Monica. 

March 02, 2016 - The Nike Air Rift, which debuted in 1996, takes inspiration from Kenyan barefoot runners. Twenty years later, the street style favorite gets a lift via a new cherry blossom print.

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Nike Internationalist Jacquard Premium

March 01, 2016 - The Nike Internationalist Jacquard Premium updates the classic early '80s runner with a woven, breathable jacquard upper and comfortable foam midsole.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Midnight Navy on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in University Red on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Black on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Enamel Green on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 12, 2016 - The Nike Flyknit Racer returns in one of its original colorways: Blue Cactus, which celebrates Abdi Abdirahman, the first marathoner to qualify for the games in the shoe.

February 09, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in fierce purple/black/university gold.

February 08, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in white/wolf grey/black.