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Kendrick Lamar’s Latest Nike Collaboration is an Ode to the House Shoe

“Lifestyle” isn’t a word Kendrick Lamar throws around lightly.

“When we are talking about lifestyle, we are talking about real lives, actual people,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper told Nike ahead of his fourth—and final—collaboration with the footwear giant this month.  

To that end, he modeled the Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez Kenny IV on an icon his fellow Los Angelenos know and love: the house shoe.

“House shoes have always been part of L.A. culture,” Lamar said of the style, which combines the cushy ease of a slipper with a certain buffed-up attitude. “The shoe is all about being able to get up and just go out in style.”

Indeed, the low-top sneaker doesn’t conform to the typical Nike silhouette. An oversized padded tongue, branded with an orange nylon strap that says “house shoes,” sits on top of the gray-and-white mesh upper, rather than underneath. An orange drawstring toggle dangles from the heel. The insole is quilted for extra bounce. And unlike Lamar’s previous iterations of the Nike Cortez, No. 4 is leather-free, which is becoming a bit of a trend with casual-luxe footwear. 

Even the printed instructions that come with the slip-on drive its quintessential SoCal-ness, well, home: “Preferably wear with shorts and tall socks.”

Retailing at $100, the Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez Kenny IV is currently available at select Nike stores.