Year Of Release: 1972
First Life: Running Shoe
Second Life: LA Gangster shoe in the 80s and 90s
Kendrick Lamar isn't the first "gangster" to wear the Nike Cortez. As a matter of fact, the Cortez was a 'hood staple for most of the west coast through the '80s and '90s. You may see people wearing them more frequently now but back in the day that waffle sole design seemed like it was specifically designed for running from 5-0. Wait, does this mean Forrest Gump was a gangster?