The Nike Cortez Was Born At Asics

Complex says: In 1969, Asics, then known as Onitsuka Tiger, released the Cortez. Phil Knight, who'd been a sales rep for Tiger in the '60s, felt that he'd been instrumental in the development of the shoe, so he took the design with him when he left to form the company that would later become Nike. Thus began a lengthy legal battle. In '74, the courts decided that both parties had the rights to the design of the shoe, but Tiger could not use the name Cortez. As a result, the company renamed its shoe the Corsair. Thirty years later, both models are still available.