CORSAIR/CORTEZ

So when Blue Ribbon Sports (Bill Bowerman) came up with a new shoe design for Onitsuka Tiger, it was put into production and was a top seller at the time, however, Bowerman went back to Oregan and put the shoe into production under the brand name Nike and named the model “Cortez”.

The Japanese company only found out about the new Cortez model when an Onitsuka official went to visit the Blue Ribbon H.Q and found the prototype tucked away in a store room. both companies went to court and they were told they were both allowed to sell the shoe, so Onitsuka changed the name of their model to Corsair. This is the first shoe that has been the best seller for two different companies at the same time.

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