Nike Cortez ‘Yin and Yang’ with zippered tongue cover lends stylish look to iconic silhouette

Innovating with a tested pair of shoes is a tried method, but at times it can backfire. Nike backs itself when it comes to pushing the boundaries of shoe design it has already perfected: sometimes with the induction of cutting-edge technology and at times only with colors and material without interrupting the baseline comfort and performance.

With its unique styling, Nike Cortez has been a fan favorite through time and the popularity shows no signs of fading. Despite retaining the original silhouette, Nike introduces a new Cortez iteration that lands amid sneakerheads in a bold split color, which instantly reminds us of the Yin and Yang and the ancient Chinese philosophical concept of opposing forces.

Designer: Nike

The new Nike Cortez Yin and Yang-themed sneaker features a striking black and white color scheme that is topped with a zippered shoelace cover. The black and white leather upper is segmented in a way to create a striking contrast, with the stitching playing a nice match-up.

In addition to its eye-catching color display – white on the lateral sides and black on the medial – the Nike Cortez “Yin and Yang” also boasts several unique details. Of course, the zippered shoelace cover is the style highlight but it’s the midfoot Swooshes, extended heel tabs, and printed insoles that add up to the design brilliance for us to appreciate.

Whether you’re a fan of classic sneakers or on the hunt for the latest styles, the Nike Cortez Yin and Yang is sure to turn heads. The price is yet to be announced, but keep an eye out for its release at select Nike retailers and online at in the upcoming months.