The La Cortez is Sharapova’s design, inspired by her own minimalist style, the city of Los Angeles, and (of course) the original Nike Cortez shoe. Sharapova, a long-time collaborator with the brand, initially debuted the sneaker in a light pink. The new version is a sophisticated camel-colored leather with Sharapova’s lollipop insignia on the back.
As sneakers get more and more elaborate, it’s refreshing to see an understated collab cut through the high-tops and increasingly massive trainers. For anyone looking for a way to ease into the sneaker craze, this is a solid contender at only $100. The shoes will be available August 22 at Bandier, and at Nike on August 23.