Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 Sizing and Fit Comparison w/ Photos [AF1]


In this article I will directly compare Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 sizing using the shoes that I own. Do the Nike Cortez and Air Force 1 fit the same?

No, the Nike Cortez and Air Force 1 do not fit the same. The Nike Cortez runs small, and the Air Force 1 runs big, which creates a significant difference in how these two styles fit.

In this article I will use side-by-side photos to compare Nike Cortez vs AF1 sizing.

You should also verify your size by using the sizing guide provided by Nike. I have linked it here:

  • Nike Size Guide: Nike also has their own sizing tutorial to help you find the right fit based on your specific foot size. Click here to view the Nike shoe sizing tutorial available at Nike.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Nike.com).

Nike Cortez vs AF1 Sizing

When I compared the sizing of the Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1, I found the sizing to be very different.

The Nike Cortez shoes have a narrow design that runs about a half size smaller than my normal shoe size. The Air Force 1’s have a looser design, that runs a little bit bigger than my normal shoe size (but probably not a full half size bigger).

Here is my Nike Cortez compared to my Air Force 1 sizing (both size 12):

nike-cortez-vs-air-force-1-sizing

As you can see, the Air Force 1 has a longer fit and a roomier toe box.

This difference also translates to women’s sizing. Here is a women’s size 7 Nike Air Force 1 compared to a women’s size 7 Nike Cortez:

nike-cortez-vs-air-force-1-sizing-womens

My Advice On Sizing

For the Nike Cortez, I would advise you to size up unless you prefer a snug fit.

I have found the AF1 sizing to be just slightly bigger than true-to-size. I don’t size down, but it does have a roomy fit. If you prefer a snug fit, you may need to size down the AF1 a half size.


Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 Sizing Height

Below I compare the sizing height of my Air Force 1 Low to my Nike Cortez (both size 12):

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nike-cortez-sole-height

As you can see, the AF1 not only fits higher on the foot, it also has a taller heel height than the Nike Cortez.

Nike Cortez and Air Force 1 Width

I also compared the outsole width of my Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 (AF1 picture first):

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nike-cortez-width

As you can see, the Air Force 1 has a wider fit than the Nike Cortez. The Nike Cortez, in my experience, has a narrow fit.


Nike Cortez vs AF1 Weight

Below I compare the weight of my Air Force 1 Low to my Nike Cortez (both size 12):

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nike-cortez-weight

Not surprisingly, since the Air Force 1 fits bigger than the Nike Cortez, and has a bulkier design, it does weigh a bit more than the Nike Cortez.

Nike Cortez vs Air Force 1 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, Air Force 1 sizing runs a full half size bigger than Nike Cortez sizing. Air Force 1 sizing is also a bit wider and roomier.

My advice is to size up the Nike Cortez a half size unless you prefer a snug fit. For more AF1 sizing photos, visit my article about Converse vs Air Force 1 Sizing.

***You should also verify your size by using the sizing guide provided by Nike, which I have linked below:

  • Nike Size Guide: Nike also has their own sizing tutorial to help you find the right fit based on your specific foot size. Click here to view the Nike shoe sizing tutorial available at Nike.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Nike.com).

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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