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While the Cortez upper might not be everyones cup of tea, the blend of the two models along with the premium materials is a dope look in our book

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The Nike x Liberty collaborations are one of the highlights from brand Nike for the ladies every year. This year was no different as they were treated to a slew of silhouettes from the Air Rift, Air Zoom Vapor 9.5 and the Air Max 1. For the 2016 Liberty collection each model gets laced with premium materials and a open botanical print but the model that stood out to us was the Roshe Cortez. The timeless classic gets a modern update in the form of the Roshe Run outsole and a supple leather upper and the custom Liberty Design Studio floral print on the sock liner, which they drew from sketches found in the stores immense archives.

Packaging

As with most of the previous releases, this trainer comes in a standard red Nike box, so there’s nothing special there.

First Impressions

Personally when Nike do a fusion trainer, I find they hit the mark and the Roshe Cortez seems to blend the classic aesthetic s of the Cortez’s upper with the modern comfort of their famed Roshe Run very well. On this outing however the combination of premium leather and quality craftsmanship takes things up another notch. Also the good colourway selection allows this crep to drop with a variety of styles and colours suited to your fit.

The Details

This drop gets blessed with a vachetta tan leather upper, with that clean floral print making an appearance on the tongue to break things up with the Nike branded tab gets the leather treatment with the logo embossed. The laces come in the same colour to match with a slightly waxy finish and the outsole is kept in a very clean and simple white. The floral print is also visible in the sock liner while the inner sole is crated in the same vachetta leather as the uppers. All in all the quality on this release is top notch giving it an almost high end feel.

Final Thoughts

This 2016 from Liberty was a bit strong for me as as far as putting the floral design on the uppers of the other trainers in their collection, however the Roshe Cortez is probably the most versatile and toned down version in the pack which we can appreciate. Also the choice in the material for the upper works as this feels like a trainer that once broken in and a few more creases appear, it would actually add to the character of the trainer much like a Air Jordan 1 or 3. Our only gripe with the trainer is the absence of a selection of laces. A white and floral addition to the release might have given us more options to switch things up which I feel would’ve been for the better other then this minor gripe you won’t hear any complaining from me.

Heat Rating

My heat rating for this release is going to be a 4 1/2 out of 5. while the Cortez upper might not be everyones cup of tea, the blend of the two models along with the premium materials is a dope look in our book. You can get this now from wither Liberty or Nike for £95 which is reasonable for the level of quality. But as usual with Liberty releases don’t leave it too long as these rarely every see sale racks.

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