Shoes

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When it comes to summer shoes, have you thought about going the patterned route? It’s kind of like wearing a loud shirt on your feet. Definitely a fun way to reconsider your outfit. Recommended for resisting anonymity.

These adidas Fluxes are very hot and a good place to start.

Dig a little deeper through our offerings, though, and you’ll find smaller, high-quality brands which your friends might not be up on–until you lace the function with conversation-starting footwear: California-based Thorocraft is worth checking out; so is Filling Pieces, out of Amsterdam.

Shop: adidas ZX Flux | all sneakers

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These five denim washes/styles are perfect for right now–distressed, white wash, dark slim, bleached gray and black skinny. Here they are contextualized in five different outfits, shot at our own Studio N.

Consider this all FYI (for your inspiration). For more complete looks, hit this link.

Styling: Chad Christensen and Morgan Dillon

Photography: Joel Ramirez

Art Director: Eric Bay

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Shop: adidas Stan Smith Vulc

There’s an argument to be made that classics ought never be tampered with. But sometimes that argument does not hold. Check these two cases in point.

Above, variations on the timeless, iconic adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe with vaguely nautical details: vulcanized rubber sole; optional canvas construction. Crisp and clean.

Below, another take by legendary streetwear designer Nigo, starring a vintage-toned sole and velcro straps. 1970s-esque.

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Shop: adidas Stan Smith CF Nigo

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

Shop: Cole Haan wingtip oxford | all men’s shoes

Wingtip oxfords are typically perfect for the workplace–and this pair of shoes is, too. But with the canvas construction, things are already a little less dressy. Recognizing that, you can follow suit and combine a blazer and trousers with a polo instead of a button-down. Or go for a weekend casual look with the vintage-wash jeans and the t-shirt.”

Outfit 1: Wallin Brothers polo | Theory blazer | Theory pants | 1901 pocket square

Outfit 2: Wallin Brothers cardigan | James Perse tee | AG jeans

–Danny Mankin

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we’ll look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

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Image by Brad Strain

Shop: 1901 sneaker | clean sneakers | all men’s shoes

“With a clean white sneaker like this, you can verge into formal territory by dressing down a navy suit with a t-shirt. In this situation the t-shirt and the shoes are coordinating with each other, giving a casual balance to the dressy suit. White sneakers are also like a blank canvas you can go wild with, so busy patterns and high-contrast work perfectly; you don’t have to worry about being ‘too cray.’”

Outfit 1: Topman blazer | Topman trouser | rag & bone tee

Outfit 2: Barney Cools short sleeve woven | Zanerobe jogger

–Danny Mankin

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we’ll look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

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Image by Brad Strain

Shop: Sperry boat shoe | all men’s shoes

Here’s the thing about blue: it goes with blue. Of course not all blues are equal, but if you’re in the general sphere of light blue or dark blue, feel free to add layers within that category. Don’t worry that the blues aren’t exactly the same. Khaki goes with everything, too, and the colors look great together. Boat shoes look horrible with socks; don’t ever do it. But nobody has to know if you’d rather wear no-show socks. Because sweat does indeed happen.”

Outfit 1: Grayers Baseball Jacket | Billy Reid polo | Citizens of Humanity jean

Outfit 2: Grayers Sweater | Jack Spade short

–Danny Mankin

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Did you know Nordstrom carries Common Projects? True story.

The New York-based, Italian-made footwear brand with the immaculate designs is currently available at seven stores–and hitting seventeen more in August.

Clean and elevated, these shoes are also extremely versatile. Dress them all the way up with a suit or all the way down with a t-shirt and shorts.

You can’t lose. 

More styles and a full list of Nordstrom stores carrying Common Projects:

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To help you get through this week, or maybe just this hour, we offer words of wisdom, clarity and humor from culture icon Eddie Huang.

For the unfamiliar, Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat (which we love) has made him the inspiration for the current TV show of the same name–which he initially endorsed but has become publicly uncomfortable with. Now he’s on the same kind of existential tour as Dave Chappelle was in 2007, using public speaking and comedy as a way to control his narrative, making a universal case for how maddening it can be to maintain one’s identity. 

When we saw Huang speak at University of Washington, he was draped in pastel XXBC gear and rocking Nike Trainer 1s.  He delved into issues of domestic abuse and racism, and basically led group therapy with a laugh track. 

Quotes from the evening are below.

Shop: Nike Trainer 1 | All Nike

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we’ll look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

Image by Brad Strain

Shop: To Boot New York driving moc | all men’s shoes

“This is a sockless shoe, period. And it looks great with a trouser or a short. As the weather warms up, swap out your wools for cotton and linen, like these pants. And if it’s hot enough–and you feel up to the challenge of looking dressy while still wearing shorts (you can do it!)–consider a tailored-fitting short and long sleeves. This choice allows you to roll up your sleeves and unbutton your shirt for a more casual situation.”

Outfit 1: Nordstrom trousers | Billy Reid blazer | 1901 pocket square | Hugo Boss shirt  | Randolph Engineering sunglasses

Outfit 2: Ted Baker London shirt | Ted Baker London shorts

–Danny Mankin

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New! New Balance Sneakers

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This just in: new heat from New Balance. Catch us mobbing around the city this spring/summer in any of the above styles, most likely on our rolled-up Bonobos steez.

Starting with the red shoe we’re looking at the Connoisseur Collection 574, the Connoisseur Collection 998 in sand, the Heritage Court CT300 in white and the Elite Edition 999 in gray/red.

Shop: New Balance sneakers | The Sneaker Project

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