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To be honest, Iâ€™m not a sneaker person and never have been â€” until now. This new collaboration between Nike and A.L.C. has got me all fired up. Itâ€™s a new spin on the classic Nike Cortez sneakers â€” which have been worn by everyone from the late actressÂ Farrah Fawcett to it-model Bella Hadid, and even Forrest Gump.
The new Cortez by A.L.C. comes in three colors â€” blush, gray, and light brown â€” and they retail for $100.Â The shoes still embrace a relaxed feel, but feature a few new elevated elements. For example, the sneakers come in a luxurious suede upper and feature a snakeskin textured back, brass hardware, and extra long laces that can be used to style in different ways â€” like around your ankles for a ballet-style look. I especially love the vintage look of the Cortez. After all, theyâ€™ve been aroundÂ for more than 40 years!
To some,Â Â it might sound like an odd partnership, but in reality, itâ€™s a seamless collaboration. Andrea Lieberman, the founder and brains behind her womenswear line, A.L.C., Â has been styling her collection with Cortez sneakers for years. The sneakers pair effortlessly with her line of minimal, elevated basics (e.g.. wide-leg trousers, bell-sleeved blouses, ribbed sweaters, etc.).
Iâ€™ve been looking for new sneakers to replace my old Stan Smiths for a while now and these make the perfect subs. I personally prefer the clean-cut light-brown version, as I feel that theyâ€™re the most versatile and pair most easily with my wardrobe. Although, considering the heightenedÂ obsession with millennial pink nowadays, the blush version might be a great option too.Â But you canâ€™t go wrong with the gray version, which looks more black in person.
So howÂ do I plan to wear them?Â Iâ€™m lucky enough to work in a creative environment where I can dress casually, so Iâ€™m excited to wear them to work by pairing it with a classic LBD. AndÂ Iâ€™m equally excited to wear them on the weekends with my go-to boyfriend jeans and a nice, comfy, oversized tee â€” or throw them onÂ when Iâ€™mtraveling.
I suggest sizing up a half size if you want to wear them with thicker socks, as they are a bit on the snug side.
One last note: A.L.C. tapped none other than OlympianÂ Gabby Douglas to front the campaign, along with models Bhumika Arora and Cindy Bruna. I mean, if gold medalist Douglas can get behind these sneakers â€” maybe thereâ€™s something to them?
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this story are solely those of the editor. This is not a sponsored post or an advertorial.Â