Inspired by rebellion and youth streetwear, UNION was first established in New York City, with its Los Angeles location opening in 1991 by former employee Chris Gibbs. Union Los Angeles joined together with Nike for an Air Force 180 ‘Clerks Pack’ which was released in 2005. Union was one of the first boutiques to collaborate with a brand, which helped set the stage for future collaborations. Since 2005, Union has consistently collided with Nike by delivering premium selections of sneakers placed on iconic Nike and Air Jordan silhouettes such as the Nike Dunk, Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 4, Air Jordan 2, and now, the Nike Cortez.
The Nike x Union collaboration’s reimagined Cortez silhouette is an ‘expression of Los Angeles’ cultural diversity. Considered a tribute to the city itself, the silhouette plays with new elements while reworking the model with modern updates. In celebration of the Cortez’ 50-year-anniversary, the Nike x Union Cortez ‘Lemon Frost’ is treated with a ‘Union’ treatment as it utilizes the brand’s signature color and texture juxtapositions. This reimagined silhouette is an expression of the rich history and cultural diversity that Los Angeles so proudly provides. By drawing inspiration from the people and communities of the city, the Nike x Union Cortez delivers an elevated yet contemporary take on the iconic silhouette from Nike.
Featuring canvas underlays and suede overlays, the contemporary retooled design spotlights striped details along with bold accenting at the Swooshes, laces, lower throat, and heel tabs. Union branding resides at the forefoot tabs along with the insoles and heel tabs. Signature branding is also placed on the tongue. A signature Crater Foam midsole resides with the Nike Grind outsole, emphasizing optimal comfort along with an eco-friendly touch. THe patched eyestays and textured caps round out the remainder of the design.
FEATURE Release - Thursday, July 28th
Nike x Union Cortez ‘Lemon Frost’ - DR1413-100
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