The History of the Nike Cortez

Originally released in 1972, the Nike Cortez was the first “modern” running shoe, designed by Olympic track coach, Bill Bowerman. It was created to be a comfortable running shoe that helped with long distances and rough terrain and was first launched during the 1972 Olympics.

Over the years, the Cortez has undergone many design changes and been released in a number of materials such as leather and suede as well as the original nylon. The key to the comfort of the shoe lies in the sole, the thick rubber sole was made for durability and the raised heel helped reduce injuries such as Achilles tendon strains.

Since its conception, the Cortez has remained an icon, most recognisably in the Academy Award Winning film Forrest Gump. The character receives the classic trainers as a gift and then goes on the run across the length and breadth of America (we do not recommend this) but we are pretty sure this helped the Cortez fly off the shelves.


Since its release, the Nike Cortez has transitioned from a running trainer to a more casual shoe. This year it has had a bit of a revival and has been seen on the streets being sported by the next generation of fashion followers.

The Nike Cortez is set to be the next Nike trainer of the moment and we have lots of amazing colourways ready to drop this season, keep an eye out and follow @officeshoes for more updates.



Exclusive | Puma “Terrace” Collection

The Birth of Terrace Fashion

Started in the North of England, the terrace fashion style became apparent in the 70s/80s when Liverpool FC dominated Europe and the fans would follow them, often bunking on trains whilst cheering “You’ll never walk alone”.


Whilst in these foreign countries, the fans would visit sportswear stores that sold trainers you couldn’t get in the UK which gave the fans blagging rights back home in the UK. Whilst West Ham fans were sporting Dr Martens and skinheads, the Liverpool fans were obsessed with Italian leisurewear, German trainers and David Bowie haircuts. This terrace culture that praised casual sportswear soon became adopted by other football fans across the country and thus the “terrace” look was born.

The Puma “Terrace” collection stays true to its fashion roots and these re-issues are sympathetic to the originals of the era.

The Story

The concept behind this collection is very much dedicated to the likely lads of football, the fans who follow their team around the country, whether its a huge club like Chelsea or a local town team.


Terrace fashion nowadays is interpreted slightly different as few will sport the head to toe sportswear look, with the guys opting for subtle nods to the look. Now the boys will get up on match day, put on their favourite jeans, jumper and Carhartt jacket and pair with their box fresh Puma trainers.


On the way to the game, they will meet up, catch the train and head to the pub for a few pre drinks to psyche themselves up beforehand and give them an opportunity to check out the trainer competition.


In the stands, the floor is awash with classic terrace trainers, worn by the dads and grandads who originated the look right down to the younger generation who want to replicate today.

The Puma “Terrace” Collection is exclusive to OFFICE and features some archive silhouettes that include the Roma, Star, Trimm Quick and G.Vilas. It launches online and in-store in October, follow @officeshoes for updates.



Hunter Original SS16 Fashion Show #Beaheadliner

On Saturday 19 September, Hunter Original celebrated its iconic connection with music festivals, with a SS16 collection that took its inspiration from the muddy fields.

Held in Euston Station Parcel Deck, London, the ripstop tent interior of the setting, complete with guy ropes, referenced the unmistakable landscape of the festival fields, and the looks themselves, drew on the spirit of the most epic festival experience.


Hunter presented the ultimate festival journey, featuring the tools to survive whatever the climate throws at you. From the early highs of a sun-soaked main stage, to the after-hours downpour where adventure begins. Lightweight nylon fabrics and Hunter sneakers were introduced, alongside waterproof rubber and vinyl jackets. Technical performance soles were fixed onto soft suede uppers and bags were crafted with welded seams to offer the definitive weather-resistant accessory. Colours evoked hazy summer sunsets, sun-bleached dégradés in sorbet and lilac, alongside dusty neutrals.

Closing the show, the Original Clog, a new Hunter icon was launched.

Prior to today’s show, Hunter introduced #Beaheadliner Mobile Sessions – a new arm of immersive and interactive content on Periscope. Directly tapping into the theme of the show, the sessions featured exclusive performances by some of the most exciting emerging musicians in the UK today.



The OFFICE Guide to Autumn | Behind the Scenes

Get a sneak peak behind the scenes at our Autumn campaign shoot and see how we are dressing our new AW15 collection.


New Brand | Oki Kutsu

This Autumn, OFFICE brings a new contender to the world of sports-luxe dressing with new in house brand Oki Kutsu.

Taking inspiration from Tokyo and adding the sleekness of Scandi style, Oki Kutsu offers women the next level in casual footwear; perfect for minimal, laid back styling.

Sporty straps and lace up detailing compliment butter-soft leather uppers, solid soles and sleek silhouettes; creating the ultimate in sports-luxe footwear for next season.


To get you ready for new season we have dressed these luxe styles with some of our favourite looks for Autumn, to give you an insight on how to wear this exciting new brand.

A classic pair of black tailored trouser is a wardrobe essential and an easy way to dress up these premium trainer styles. Wear with a structured shirt and long duster coat for effortless elegance.

A pair of comfy mom jeans or super skinnies are the ultimate go to on casual days and the Oki Kutsu styles can smarten up a dress down look for days out with friends.

We thank Lily Allen for making it cool to wear trainers with dresses and skirts again and the all white hi top looks great with a long midi shift dress and leather jacket.

How will you wear yours?


#FROW – What to Wear @ London Fashion Week SS16

With London Fashion Week kicking off tomorrow, its seems only fitting that we share the best #FROW looks from New York to give you a head start and become part of the fash pack.


We have picked our top looks from the last week and paired them with our top footwear picks to get you looking front row ready.

Take things to new heights like Jourdan Dunn and rock a pair of Neve over the knee boots with some denim shorts and a long sleeved top for that ultimate 70’s siren look.

Stomp around in style like Hailey Baldwin in some classic Timberland boots, we are loving the grey nubuck pair this season and they look super cute with muted pastel colours.

Make sure you have a statement pair of flats as they are a fashion week staple. If you are lucky enough to be running between fashion shows, then a classic pointed ballet flat like our Lifestyle in white will be you best friend for long days.

If you are a trainer girl and can’t live without them, a pair of smart adidas Gazelle OG‘s will look great with a long midi dress and leather jacket.



Trend Alert: The Bandal

Sometimes referred to as the shoe boot, the “bandal” is every girls must have heel this season.

Its been rocked by the likes of Alexa Chung, Selena Gomez and Olivia Palermo and now we cannot stop wearing them in OFFICE HQ. This flattering silhouette, can easily be dressed up or down and oozes sexy siren.

Ankle boots are the ultimate transitional style and every girl loves a heel, so this little hybrids are the perfect mix of the two and are a great shoe for Autumn as they are exposed just enough without making you cold.

the bandal

The bandal has been worn by the Kardashian clan many times, often paired with skin tight jersey. However if you aren’t brave to bear all, then wear yours with skinny jeans and and a big shirt or some tapered trousers and a classic leather jacket.

They also make a great going out shoe because your are less likely to stumble out of them and they look gorgeous with a cute skirt, crop top and some statement earrings.

We are all over this style and we can’t wait to see how you rock yours this season.


Coming Soon | Nike LOTC Dessert Collection

Treat yourself to the latest Nike ‘Look of the City’ pack, inspired by desserts from all around the world. The classic Air Max 90 silhouette features bright, kitsch colourways that take their cue from  a variety of sweet treats.

On the menu we have cheesecake from NY, Harajuku crepe’s from Tokyo, Eton Mess representing London, Macarons a la Paris, Milanese aperitivo or a must win cake from Shanghai.

Which one will you order?


The Nike “Look of the City” Dessert  pack will launch this month, follow us @officeshoes for updates.




This weeks style star is our VM Assistant Ken who designs his own clothes in his spare time, always has plenty of snacks for the office, loves the colour black and is a massive fan of a #selfie.


Describe today’s OOTD in 1 word?



What are you wearing?


What’s your top three shoes this season?

Redwing Work Wedge Boot 

Poste Bianco Monk shoe 

Nike Free Socfly 


What’s inspiring you this Autumn?

Great British Bake Off

Colder Weather

Pitch Perfect Marathon


Fave song at the moment?

Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love


What shoes/trends are going to be big in AW15?

Draped Capes

Contrast print/colours

Smart Rugged Shoes

Minimal colour, focusing on texture




How to Protect & Clean your UGG boots

Its that time of year again when we invest in a pair of timeless UGG boots to take us through the colder months. However if you love UGGs as much as we do, you need to learn how to protect them from the elements and then clean them in case of an accidental step in a puddle.


We totally recommend the UGG Australia cleaning kit as it has all the bits you need to look after these cosy classics and UGG have kindly sent us some tips on how to make sure they always look their best.

How to use UGG Sheepskin Protector

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1. Protect your boots and prevent staining by treating them with UGG Sheepskin Stain & Water Repellent before wearing for the first time. For best results, boots should be clean and dry before applying.

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2. Apply outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Shake bottle, hold about six inches away from boot, and spray sheepskin evenly until boot is wet but not soaked.

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3. Let boots dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.

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4. When boots are dry, take the suede brush and lightly brush the nap in one direction to ensure your Classic boots look their best.


How to use UGG Sheepskin Cleaner & Conditioner

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1. Eventually every pair of Classic boots will show some wear. Restore your favourite pair with UGG Sheepskin Cleaner & Conditioner.

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2. Lightly dampen boots with clean water and a sponge. Apply a small amount of Cleaner & Conditioner to the wet sponge. Gently scrub the surface of your boot. When finished, use a clean, damp sponge to remove excess residue.

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3. Stuff boots with paper to help speed up the drying process and help maintain their shape. *Let boots dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.

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4. Protect your boots and prevent staining by spraying with UGG Sheepskin Protector. Apply outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Shake bottle, hold about six inches away from boot, and spray sheepskin evenly until boot is wet, not soaked.

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5. Eliminate odour and keep boots fresh by spraying the inside of each boot with UGG “Shoe Renew” Sheepskin Freshener.

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6. When boots are dry, take the suede brush and lightly brush the nap in one direction to ensure your Classic boots look their best. NOTE: Never put your boots in the washing machine or take them to a dry cleaner.



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