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Just because the Spurs cut the Finals a bit short last month, trouncing the Heat 4-1, doesn’t mean you have to spend the rest of summer without a basketball fix.

Stance—maker of unique socks for the office, the basketball court, and lounging (and sliding) in style at your hardwood-furnished apartment à la Risky Business—has outdone itself yet again. Now, in addition to carrying out said activities in stripes, spots, floral, Fair Islecamo, tie-dye, leopard and 4th of July-appropriate red, white and blue, you can also don the photographic likenesses of your favorite NBA legends—on your feet.

Keep reading to see six of our favorite socks (and players), from The Reign Man to The Worm—plus classic highlight reels for each one.

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Here’s a rare instance when it’s acceptable—nay, your civic duty as an American—to stake out territory at a sports bar at 9am. The US Men’s Soccer Team faces Germany in an epic match this morning, and if, for some reason, you’re reading this on your computer currently—get thee to a pub.

Catch some international soccer spirit with the Nike animated short above, get step-by-step instructions on skipping work to watch futbol from the Wall Street Journal, and keep reading for ways to rep your favorite team—United States or otherwise.

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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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What better way to celebrate our new Surf City Pop-In Shop than to grab a board and get wet?

If you’re landlocked, of course—or just foster a healthy phobia of oceanlife (as documented at our Downtown Seattle store)—the next-best thing is to crack a cold one and soak up the frothy photography of Brooklyn photographer and frequent Salt Surf collaborator Will Warasila.

See more photos and read a Q&A with Warasila on our sister blog, The Thread, and if you haven’t yet tested the waters in Surf City—do so by clicking below:


About Craig Stecyk III: “Artist, photographer, writer, filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Dogtown visionary and architect of surf and skate culture as we know it.”


About John John Florence: “Photographer, filmmaker and currently the world’s most dynamic surfer. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. His supernatural skills in the water will inform the future of the sport for generations to come.”

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…That’s some high praise—but when it’s quoted from a surf brand as legendary as Hurley, you know it’s well-deserved.

Hurley’s roots are deeply embedded in the beach culture of 1970s Costa Mesa, where Bob Hurley got his start shaping surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world. Today, Hurley (a key player in our new Pop-In Shop—Surf City) has grown to a global force that pushes the technological envelope—as well as the visual aesthetic—of what beach gear can be.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Hurley ambassadors Stecyk and Florence—and to see three Stecyk-designed surfboards on display at selected Pop-In @ Nordstrom locations.

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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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As proud as we are to have Nordstrom’s hometown of Seattle represented in this year’s Super Bowl, we have to admit: The Seahawks couldn’t ask for a more worthy adversary than the Denver Broncos and their legendary leader, 13-time Pro-Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning. Our favorite thing about Manning? Despite being extraordinarily competitive on the field, he happens to be totally hilarious when he’s off the clock.

Keep reading to see classic photos from throughout Peyton Manning’s illustrious football career—from the University of Tennessee Volunteers to the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos—plus our favorite clips of his other true calling: comedy.

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Love him or hate him, outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been the talk of the town since last Sunday’s Super Bowl-clinching win over the San Francisco 49ers. And by “town,” we don’t just mean our Nordstrom HQ home here in Seattle—we mean every media outlet from Sports Illustrated to CNN, plus the millions-strong, rant-happy Twitter-sphere.

Maybe we’re biased, but we’ll come right out and say it: We love this guy. And not just because he thinks nothing of busting a move with the Seattle Sea Gals after a big play (as pictured above).

Keep reading to see why Sherman’s football IQ far exceeds his smack-talking skills—plus, read a Q&A with the co-founder of Strideline socks, our favorite way to rep Seattle pride.

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If you find yourself moved by shapely posteriors, platefuls of hummus and selfies of guys (and girls) who could crush a normal human with a flick of their triceps, check out the #fitspo hashtag on Instagram. (That’s short for “fitness inspo,” or inspiration.) If, however, you’d rather be motivated by the more esoteric advantages of exercise—quiet sunrises, crashing surf, picturesque wilderness—look no further than the Insta feeds of some of our favorite Active & Outdoor brands.

Keep reading to fuel your New Year’s resolutions with photos from Nike, The North Face and more. (But first, check out the Nike clip above. Our takeaway: Humans possess an infinite capacity for greatness. But sometimes, you should just get out of LeBron’s way.)

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With temperatures plummeting and our Snow Shop open for business, we can think of no better way to set the stage for ski season than to gaze upon the stunning, strange, retro-futuristic glory of perhaps our favorite piece of Nordstrom memorabilia of all time. Behold, WinterSki ’77-’78: Saga of Light.

Continue reading for more skis in space, naked people modeling eyewear, and cryptic quotations. (Sample: “We drifted, transported through the essence, nearly weightless.” Huh? Long live the late ’70s.)

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