About 50 years ago, University of Oregon runner (and future Olympic marathoner) Kenny Moore sustained an injury while training in a pair of poorly designed high-jump shoes. This injury inspired his running coach, Bill Bowerman, to create a pair of sneakers designed specifically for running.
In the six weeks Moore’s foot needed to heal, Bowerman made it his mission to build Moore a custom shoe that would solve his problems. Bowerman ultimately ended up creating what eventually came to be known as the Cortez. Not only did the shoe prevent Moore from sustaining more injuries, it actually helped improved his mile times.
This marked the beginning of Nike’s long tradition of designing shoes with athletes in mind. The Kenny Moore Collection will be available August 25 via the SNKRS app and at select retailers.