GQ Selects: October Look #5

Classic kicks in custom colors are popping up all over menswear blogs and street-style slideshows lately. Wear a look like this on the walk from the gym to work in the morning—or all day long, if your gig is a creative one. Either way, opt for the quintessential old-school sneaker, New Balance, and keep everything else sharply tailored, from your tie to your bag.

New Balance ‘574 Backpack’ Sneaker. “We advocate wearing these with a suit in our October issue. The retro running style works so well with one, thanks to its profile—the sneaker retains the sportiness of the original, but without any of the bulk. The bold color creates a cool contrast against something as traditional as a suit, but wouldn’t be out of place under cuffed khakis or slim sweatpants on the weekend.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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[Editor’s Note: We blew through the green New Balances,
as featured in GQ, in a flash. Get the same look
with the red or black version instead.]


Bally Leather Portfolio. “Guys tired of lugging around a bulky briefcase should try a portfolio for a change, especially one with a profile as slim as this Bally number. Not only will it easily hold your daily haul, but the portfolio does it with infinitely more style than that beat-up brief. The folio isn’t too precious, though: The soft pebble-grain leather gives it a rugged edge.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Sovereign Code Polka-Dot Tie | Dolce&Gabbana Grey Suit
Nordstrom Smartcare™ Trim-Fit Dress Shirt

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on

For the fourth edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 fall essentials from the October issue. Check back each month for more.


New Yorkers: There’s still time to shop our expertly curated GQ x Nordstrom pop-up shop in NYC, featuring Other Music, Dashwood Books, Warby Parker glasses, and tons of incredible menswear, of course.

Did we mention the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop is located at our Treasure & Bond concept store in Soho? That means anything you buy there, in-person, benefits a rotating lineup of children’s charities in NYC. Currently, it’s the National Dance Institute and Girls Write Now. Do it for the kids!

We’re getting tons of great coverage from our friends at Treasure & Bond. Above is a time-lapse video that shows the mad race to prep the shop (over a span of barely more than 24 hours) last week, as well as some high-speed mingling at the opening-night event. Below are pics from the events that have been occurring at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop all week long—head over to Treasure & Bond’s official website to see tons more.


Bally ‘Gentleman’s Upgrade’ Event:


Chrysler + John Varvatos event featuring ZZ Top:


[Photos by Sunny Chang of Treasure & Bond. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]