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Whereas our first installment of “Sneakers in Your City” followed two hip-hop artists to their favorite spots in Seattle, episode 2 takes us to New York, where Ryan Plett—the photographer, consultant, and self-described “generalist” behind popular mood board blog You Have Broken the Internet—showed us the Big Apple through his own unique lens.

He also shot some damn fine looking photographs for us. Keep reading to watch a behind-the-scenes video, hear about five places to seek out in NYC, and get a closer look at fall footwear from The Sneaker Project, a curated selection handpicked by our buyers.

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Planning ahead is no small feat. Paying bills, showing up to your dentist appointment, having a dinner reservation locked and loaded when your wedding anniversary rolls around—we find these side effects of modern life counterintuitive to man’s most basic instinct, i.e., to kick back with a cold one and live in the now.

Luckily, our annual Anniversary Sale makes getting ahead of the game second nature. Fact: Besides being our best sale event of the year, Anniversary is also a fall preview. We give you a chance to score leather jackets, work boots, dark denim, and everything else you’ll need for cool weather at reduced prices NOW, in the middle of summer, before they ever hit the floor at full price.

You can thank us later. For now, keep reading to see the Anniversary items that caught our eye while roaming our flagship store on opening day.

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We recently showed you rare shoes that are catching our buyers’ eyes by way of a curated collection of kicks called The Sneaker Project. Even within this elite lineup of footwear from old-school to cutting-edge, we’ve noticed one brand that’s bringing extra heat lately: Puma.

The brand has a richer history than you might realize. It got its start in 1924, when two brothers in Germany founded Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory). Over the years, the company (which officially became “Puma” in 1948) has outfitted iconic athletes from Jesse Owens to Boris Becker to Walt Frazier to arguably the best soccer player of all time, Pelé. Puma has also fused art and science by pioneering revolutionary technologies and collaborating with visionary fashion houses like Alexander McQueen.

Keep reading for a visual history of Puma, plus our forward-thinking favorites from the 90-year-old brand.

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You met him (mostly from the knee-down) in our Sneakers in Seattle video and corresponding Q&A. You might have caught his hip-hop group, The Physics, performing live on globally streaming public radio station KEXP. Your fiancée has probably even heard one of his tracks 1,000 times while analyzing the latest slo-mo wedding video craze.

His name is Thig Nat, and the “Nat” part of his name is short for “Natural”—a reference that applies to his abilities on a microphone as well as his innate knack for wearing classic, versatile clothes that look good without trying too hard.

Keep reading to see how Thig put a modern spin on three menswear staples that he selected from our store: a henley, a trench coat, and slip-on sneakers.

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Today is Earth Day—and it’s no joke. Proposed by peace activists and sanctioned at the United Nations in 1970, it was the idea that spawned the modern-day environmentalism movement as we know it. Now purportedly the largest secular holiday in the world, Earth Day gives hundreds of millions of people around the globe a good reason to take a moment and assess how they interact with their surroundings.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we pulled five eco-friendly items that will help you do your part year-round—and juxtaposed them with photos taken over the weekend in and around Olympic National Forest, one of North America’s largest temperate rain forests and just a stone’s throw from our hometown of Seattle.

Keep reading to learn about recycled-bottle board shorts, headphones that actually improve hearing, and more.

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For Episode One of THE SNEAKER PROJECT: SNEAKERS IN YOUR CITY, we asked Seattle hip-hop legends Thig Nat and Prometheus Brown (aka Geo Quibuyen) to show us the best that their hometown (which happens to be Nordstrom’s hometown, too) has to offer.

Get a ground-level glimpse of the Emerald City in the short video above, and keep reading for a Q&A with Thig and Geo, behind-the-scenes photos, and a closer look at their favorite spots around town (as well as those sneakers they’re sporting).

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“March 26, 1987 marked the release of the Air Max 1 and with it, a revolution began. In the form of a literal window to the sole, the invisible became visible, and Nike Air cushioning forever changed how Nike designed running sneakers.” —Nike Inc.

It’s not every day an aerospace engineer walks into your office with a history-making idea—even when you’re the CEO of Nike. Sparked from an Air-Sole prototype created by engineer Frank Rudy and brought to life through countless trials and errors by shoe designers Mark Parker and Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s iconic Air Max sneaker—the first to ever feature air cushioning you can see—turns 27 today.

Keep reading to see a timeline of vintage Nike ads (with a commemorative ‘Air Max Day’ twist), shop a selection of Air Max Editor’s Picks—and learn how to score a pair of extremely limited-edition sneakers from one of Nike’s elusive ‘Quickstrike’ releases.

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On the heels of last season’s curated selection of American-made boots, our men’s shoe team has decided to one-up themselves with a tightly edited showcase of rare sneakers from legendary as well as up-and-coming brands. We’re calling it The Sneaker Project—and from retro runners to luxe leather trainers, we’re confident it offers shoes to knock the socks off even the most discriminating fan of the game.

Keep reading for a closer look at six of our favorite brands—plus a chance to see them in action.

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You know Converse sneakers are classic—but do you know exactly how classic they are?

The company was founded in Massachusetts over 100 years ago in 1908. With the help of an Indiana-born baller complaining of sore feet—Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor himself—they revolutionized the sport of basketball in the 1920s. And decades later, Converse became a counterculture talisman on the feet of rock icons from The Ramones to Kurt Cobain to Wayne and Garth.

In homage to this rich history and continued innovation, this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom is devoted to all things Converse. In addition to stocking the best selection around of the All Star Chuck ’70 (a sturdy version of the classic, inspired by 1970s Chuck Taylors and pictured in the video above), we’ve commissioned local illustrators from all over the USA to hand-paint wearable works of art using pristine white Chucks as their blank canvas. Check out a few of our favorites [click images to enlarge]:


L: Illustrated by Jesse LeDoux & Frances Nelson • Available at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA)
R: Illustrated by Eddie Kihm • Available at Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)


L: Illustrated by Landis Blair • Available at Nordstrom Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL)
R: Illustrated by Favio Moreno • Available at Nordstrom NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)

Each design is a limited edition of 30 pairs, goes for $74.95, and is only available at the store listed (not available online).

To see the full range of limited-edition designs, visit our sister blog, The Thread.
And for tons more Chucks, visit our online shop—
POP-IN @ NORDSTROM: CONVERSE

Is it just us, or is 2014 flying by? Seems like just yesterday we were toasting the new year and shoveling snow—suddenly, it’s nearly spring. If you’ve been infinitely too busy to make a New Year’s resolution or two, fear not—it’s never too late to improve yourself. And unlike last year’s resolution to get ripped like Conan (the Barbarian, not O’Brien), the following five simple style tips will last all year—or even a lifetime.

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