Nike Cortez Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This Nike Cortez Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my Nike Cortez shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing and width. After trying these shoes, do Nike Cortez shoes run big or small?

Nike Cortez shoes run small compared to normal shoe sizing. Not only are they shorter in length, they also have a narrow design. Most people choose to size up a half size for the Nike Cortez. I recommend viewing our side-by-side sizing comparison photos that compare the sizing of Nike Cortez shoes to the sizing of other popular brands. Click here to jump ahead to the men’s side-by-side comparison photos. Click here to jump ahead to the women’s side-by-side comparison photos.

As I mentioned above, the sizing of Nike Cortez runs small and narrow compared to most other types of shoes. For example, below is is a photo of my men’s Nike Cortez (left) compared to Nike Air Max sizing:

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And below is a photo of women’s Nike Cortez (left) compared to Nike Air Max sizing:

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As you can see, the Nike Cortez not only runs shorter in length, it has an overall narrow design, with a narrow toe box.

In the sections below, I will compare both men’s and women’s Nike Cortez sizing to the sizing of other popular shoe brands using more comparison side-by-side photos. All men’s photos use a size 12 shoe and all women’s photos use a size 7 shoe.

Table of Contents

Men’s Nike Cortez Sizing Photos

Nike Cortez vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Nike Court Vision Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs New Balance 997H Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Saucony Shadow Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Nike Dunk Low Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Crocs Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Adidas 2K Boost Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Reebok Classic Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Vans Old Skool Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Adidas Superstar Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Under Armour Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs New Balance 550 Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Vans Era Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs New Balance 2002r Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs New Balance 574 Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Adidas Gazelle Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Converse Pro Leather Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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Nike Cortez vs New Balance Fresh Foam 880 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez Sizing Photos

Women’s Nike Cortez vs Air Max 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs New Balance 574 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Nike Dunk Low Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Nike Court Vision Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Skechers Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Air Max Excee Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Crocs Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Hey Dude Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Converse Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Vans Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Under Armour Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Asics Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs New Balance Fresh Foam 880 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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Women’s Nike Cortez (right) vs Air Force 1 Sizing

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Are Nike Cortez Shoes Wide or Narrow?

In my experience, Nike Cortez shoes have a narrow design compared to most other types of shoes. If you have wide feet, you will likely need to size up for extra space.

For example, below are my men’s Nike Cortez shoes compared to Crocs (Crocs are well known for having a wide-fit design):

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And below are women’s Nike Cortez compared to Crocs:

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As you can see, the Nike Cortez has a much narrower design, especially near the toe.

The main takeaway is expect the Nike Cortez to have a snug design in both width and length. If you need wide sizing, you may need to go up a half size.

Nike Cortez Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the Nike Cortez runs smaller than normal shoe sizing in both length and width. In most situations, it is best to size up a half size compared to your normal shoe sizing.

The width of the Nike Cortez is narrow compared to most other types of athletic shoes. If you have wide feet, it would be best to size up for extra space inside the shoe. This is where you can read more about the width sizing of Nike Cortez.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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