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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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Style Profiles. As part of our twice-a-year Men’s Shop Catalog, we profiled 3 real men of style and substance. Here, self-made lensman Joshua Woods.

Joshua Woods is no stranger to readers of Men’s Shop Daily; he gave us an inside view from the European Men’s Fashion Weeks and popped up in our Street Etiquette at NYFW coverage. The 27-year-old has been getting a lot of attention for his work, and it’s obvious why. Woods possesses a unique point of view that’s evident in his photography—and, we’d say, his personal style (you don’t see nearly enough men sporting a bucket hat these days). Keep reading to learn more about Woods’ signature headwear, his style icons, and how basketball influenced his career path.

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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

Style Profiles. As part of our twice-a-year Men’s Shop Catalog, we profiled 3 real men of style and substance. Here, photographer and menswear blogger Tim Melideo.

Tim Melideo has taken #OOTD to a new level: The shots on his menswear blog, Stay Classic, go well beyond the run-of-the-mill mirror selfie. There are two reasons behind that: 1) He and his wife are both professional photographers, and 2) Tim has an eye for elevating everyday menswear, masterfully mixing patterns and textures to create relatable yet inspirational looks. Keep reading to learn about Tim’s influences, his go-to clothing picks, and the biggest mistake he sees guys make when it comes to style.

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Ever felt mildly overwhelmed when stepping up to that fragrance counter? Even the most experienced olfactory aficionado can go cross-eyed after sampling too many scents—the human nose has its limits. That’s why we asked our men’s grooming team to suggest their current three favorite colognes—and had an astute (and opinionated) office-mate, men’s video producer Angela Sumner, sniff-test each one.

Keep reading for three scents to try—and why—next time you’re on the hunt for a new favorite.

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From dark and raw to bleached and faded, we can all agree that a great-fitting pair of jeans is a menswear essential that will never go out of style. With more new and unique denim brands entering our Men’s Shop lineup than ever before, we asked our buying team to name a few whose stories (and, of course, jeans) they thought you, our valued reader, would like to know. Keep reading for the low-down on eight cutting-edge denim brands—from zany Canadian start-ups to 125-year-old American icons.

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On the final day of our history-making, all-menswear Pop-In @ Nordstrom: Heartbreakers Club, let’s take a moment to reflect on a glorious past few weeks, packed with legendary thugs, digital graffiti, and motorcycles in space. Also: interpretive dance. In case you haven’t seen it, check out our campaign video above (starring Seattle movement artist Matt Drews)—and keep reading for an expansive gallery of visually poetic photos from behind the scenes (and featuring rare wares from Mark McNairy, Hood By Air, LPD New York and more).

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You might be Trill now…but how long have you Been that way? Our second installment of Been Trill digital wheat-paste posters (created by Nordstrom associates using the Been Trill App) goes to show that whether you’re a kid with a candy cigarette, a 100-year-old store or a terrier in a football jersey, there’s a way to embrace the #BeenTrill# aesthetic.

Check out our previous post to learn more about what that means—and be sure to shop our selection of Been Trill T-shirts while they’re still in stock. (Our Heartbreakers Club Pop-In Shop, of which Been Trill is a part, shuts down this Sunday.) Keep reading for 20 new images from our compatriots here at Nordstrom HQ.

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