Shoes

conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

converselunarlonShop: Chuck II high | Chuck II low

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New! Y-3

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You are looking at one of the hottest sneakers on the planet. Meet the Y-3 Qasa High, imported from Japan, now available at Nordstrom.

How do we love it? Let us count the ways.

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We asked Jorge Valls, our Men’s Fashion Director, to hand-select his favorite pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.

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rag & bone Maddox shirt jacket

“This military overshirt is tough, masculine and stylish.”

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Wallin & Bros. Jackson french terry striped crew neck

“I love stripes and this sweatshirt hints at its nautical origins, but the dark background keeps it modern.”

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Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6 Trainer

“It’s all about white sneakers! This pair is incredibly versatile and you can wear them with just about anything.”

–Jorge

The 2015 Anniversary Sale doesn’t start until July 17, but Nordstrom Rewards members get early access starting today (July 9). Get all the details here.

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puma4Perhaps you are shopping for comfy, statement-y footwear for summer. Have you noticed our whole collection of Pumas is white hot flames? It’s true. Check it out. You will find nary a weak sneaker.

Right now we’re especially psyched on the R698 running shoe and the slightly taller, adidas Tubular-esque Blaze of Glory.

Check out two of each model in the images above and below. The first three are collaborations with esteemed streetwear brands Brooklyn We Go Hard and Alife.

Shop: R698 X Brooklyn We Go Hard

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The Teva renaissance is upon us and the good news is you don’t have to be all River Wild about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with a more granola look.

But consider Tevas as streetwear and options open up.

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L-R: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz

Images by Kyle Johnson

Listening to Montreal rock band No Joy gives us visions of a professional snowboarder on a sunny day, flying off a jump, doing something complex and elegant midair.

Not something we necessarily understand. But we’re into it.

We do know that No Joy leaders Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz derive their looped and soaring music from guitars and effects pedals. The rest of their new album More Faithful is a mystery to us. We’re cool with that–and highly recommend it as a soundtrack to summer road-tripping, camping, head-banging and zoning out.

We spoke to guitarist Laura Lloyd after a recent concert in Seattle about Tevas, tinnitus, complicated time signatures and chia seeds.

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The always-irreverent Four Pins menswear blog has published an essay about the all-time classic adidas Samba sneaker that will (probably) absorb you, educate you and make you feel feelings. For us, we appreciated how writer Sam Diss put the Samba into English context for an American audience. We were outraged that he thought all Jordans looked the same. And we’re still LOLing IRL about his description of British men’s attitudes toward dancing:

“…anything further than a barely rhythmic shuffling of the shoulders under duress is deemed highly suspect.”

Click here to read the piece.

The image above shows the new adidas Samba MC–which stands for modern classic–a great-looking canvas sneaker, perfect for spring/summer.

Shop: adidas Samba MC | adidas Samba | all adidas

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Shop: Nike Air Huarache Run Premium | Nike Air Max 1 Premium | all white shoes

When deciding which all-whites to rock this sunny season, consider these new-to-Nordstrom Nikes.

Of course the standard Max 1s and Huaraches are classics–and stay tuned for new colorways of the latter, BTW–but this Nike Premium pack has its own icy vibe.

We’re very much feeling the white leather + gum sole combo.

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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 that 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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