Fast forward to 2017 and it appears that Nike has listened. Not only did they launch plus sizes on their site earlier this year but now have partnered with the International Girl Crewon a revamp of their NIKEiD Cortez Classic, designed by the crew members including Elsesser.
We always love seeing our plus sisters involved in something outside of the plus size box.
According to IGC, the crew is “a group of friends who meet up in far flung destinations to keep our bond strong, exchange ideas + learn about the world“. The crew’s passion for culture and travel have a deep influence in colors used in the limited edition collection.
“It’s an opportunity to further educate girls on what it means to wear sneakers. As a kid, it was painful to me to watch the commodification of the style of the Cortez when it felt so personal to me. It’s important for people to understand where things come or what they represent. That’s the push of the project for me.”
It’s so great to see diversity within the crew while seeing how Nike works well for all of them and their different styles and personalities.
According to Nike, the shoe is available in three colorways, each representing the crew’s home cities: “Los Angeles” is a neutral style, “London” is bright, and then a clean “New York” style. Each features a pop of colorful detail on the midsole, a graphic on the footbed, and numbers on the heel.
Elsesser is someone who uses her platform to educate, bring awareness and inspire others on important topics, including body acceptance and diversity on a whole. We can’t wait to see what she does next.
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