Laureen Uy, Miggy Chavez, And More Pay Tribute To An Iconic Shoe Style

Eight local artists makeover one of the most famous sneakers in the past four decades. Check out their creative designs!

Do you remember your very first pair of sneakers? While most girls love to wear sexy sandals and sky-high heels, nothing beats that comfy, reliable pair that served as go-to footwear when we were growing up. Just recently, one of the most iconic sneaker styles had its 40th anniversary, and we were on the scene to join in the nostalgic celebration!

Nike's very first running shoe, the Nike Cortez, has been worn by everyone from Farrah Fawcett to Forrest Gump, cementing its reputation as a cultural icon and fashion must-have. The shoe is a favorite among athletes and fashionistas alike due to its balance of design and functionality, so Nike paid tribute to it by having some of its biggest fans create their own versions.

Nike collaborated with 40 artists across Southeast Asia to create new designs of the shoe with the signature swoosh. Eight artists from the Philippines were chosen to participate: fashion blogger and Fun, Fearless Female Awardee for 2012 Laureen Uy, Chicosci frontman Miggy Chavez, visual merchandiser and interior designer Eunice Alera, illustrator and graphic designer Nelz Yumul, associate creative director JP Cuison, graphic designer AJ Dimarucot, designer Anton Lopez, and tattoo artist Ron Poe with Myke Sambajon. Each of them infused their designs with their own unique personalities, showing off the versatility of the iconic style.

Launch the gallery to see the creative renditions designed by these local artists! To see them in person, visit Sole Academy in Katipunan, Quezon City until July 1, 2012.

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