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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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As the mastermind behind every Pop-In @ Nordstrom—technically speaking, Olivia Kim hand-selected every item in our new, limited-time menswear shop: Heartbreakers Club. But because some might be daunted by the sheer volume of rare streetwear and historic menswear gems therein, we asked her to condense things down to a handful of cream-of-the-crop favorites.

Keep reading for a starter-set of exclusive and limited-edition menswear, from Heartbreakers Club curator Olivia Kim.

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In the words of VFILES retail director Zachary Ching, “VFILES is a global fashion community—a destination where users can shop, explore and curate without inhibition.”

As open-ended and aspirational as that sounds, he’s still under-selling this New York-based brand’s multi-pronged web presence. (A) It’s a killer online shop, which Ching is in charge of—and which we’re excited to highlight at our new Pop-In @ Nordstrom. (B) It’s an online TV channel with a tongue-in-cheek take on fashion. (C) It’s a foundation for the arts, supporting under-the-radar designers. And (D) it’s a Tumblr-esque image-sharing platform frequented by a crème de la crème of creative-industry tastemakers.

Regarding that last item: We asked Ching to share with us a few favorite hashtag’d categories from his own prolific VFILES.com postings. Keep reading for a look at modern masks, Ching’s favorite photographer, and a new twist on the classics.

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January 29, 2014

3 Ways to Wear Jogger Pants

From Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to rapper Kendrick Lamar to our friends at Street Etiquette, we’ve been seeing men everywhere sporting one of our favorite new evolutions in male leg coverings (otherwise known as pants): Jogger Pants. And it’s easy to understand why: Besides being abnormally comfortable (many have elastic at the waist as well as the cuffs), they cut a lean, tapered silhouette that shows off your favorite shoes, without pesky concerns about rolling or hemming your pant leg.

Keep reading to see three ways to wear them: on the weekend, at the office, and for a night out.

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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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By now, you know that our in-store Personal Stylists are always available to assist you in selecting perfect gifts or constructing killer looks for work and weekend. Today, we’ll show how a Personal Stylist can help maximize your workout routine, too—with style points to spare. Without further ado, we’ll hand it over to Marc Slenske, a Nordstrom Stylist in Arizona:

“With the New Year comes new energy—and nothing energizes me more than getting in a great workout. For starters, I have to feel my best in order to do my best. Here are my 6 essentials whether at the gym or out on the trail.”


1. A Solid Base Layer. “To control body temperature and moisture, especially on these cooler January days, quality performance fabric is a must.” [Shop: Under Armour HeatGear Long-Sleeve T-shirt]

2. Adrenaline-Pumping Tunes. “Being a drummer, nothing pumps me up more than some awesome beats. These headphones hug the ear better than any other sports headphones, and deliver crystal-clear sound.” [Shop: Beats by Dre]


3. All-Terrain Trainers. “The most important part of feeling good during a workout is to have the right shoe. This running shoe is my all-time favorite shoe to workout in. It’s flexible with a glove-like fit; not to mention lightweight. Whether it be CrossFit, a road run, or power lifting, this is the best shoe.” [Shop: Nike 'Free Run+ 3']


4. Short Report. “Living in Arizona, I’m still able to pull out my favorite shorts even in January!
These are comfy and easy shorts to throw on during any season of the year.”
[Shop Under Armour: HeatGear Shorts | Knit Shorts—shown above]

5. Proper Cushioning. “A lightweight, no-show sock is a must.”
[Shop: Under Armour HeatGear® Socks]

[Also shown above, all by Under Armour]: 
Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (same as black one above; available in 6 colors)
‘O Series’ Boxer Briefs | Under Armour Loose-Fit Hoodie


6. The Aftermath. “It’s important to prioritize the recovery period after a workout. I try to keep hydrated [Ed. note: Check out Klean Kanteen], and I always shower with this eucalyptus shower scrub; it rejuvenates your muscles and keeps them on par for your next workout.” [Shop: Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak]

 


Get in touch with Marc. If you find yourself in Arizona and could use a hand, drop Marc a line:
Marc.A.Slenske@nordstrom.com

 

Or, find a Personal Stylist near you—and browse more workout gear:
STYLIST CONTACT FORM | SHOP ALL ACTIVE & OUTDOOR

 

Boots are one of those items in a man’s wardrobe with serious staying power—over the course of a season (we introduced our Boot Guide in September, and have been updating it continuously ever since), as well as year after frigid year…especially when you invest in a solid pair like the waterproof, 5-star-customer-rated UGG® Australia ‘Butte’ above.

Today, we’re focused on the near-indestructible genre of footwear that will carry your feet unfazed through the toe-chilling rain, sleet, snow and slush that January and February are bound to usher in. Any of the specimens below will match up impeccably with your toughest puffers and flannels (see above)—but if you need a dapper way to stay dry en route to work, consider the clean lines and graphic punch of pairs like the Sorel ‘Sentry’ and UGG ‘Hannen’ below, neither of which will look out of place grounding a suit or sportcoat (pull your wingtips out of your briefcase once you’re warm and dry at your desk).

Start with our Editor’s Picks below, then shop our full selection of Weather-Ready Boots. And remember: The best gifts for guys are as practical as they are stylish. A great pair of boots more than fits the bill.



(Top, L-R): Sorel ‘Sentry’ | Nike | The North Face
(Bottom, L-R): Sorel ‘Chugalug’ | UGG Australia | Sperry Top-Sider®

 

Check out our previous Boot-Guide Editor’s Picks: Wingtip | Rugged

…And browse all 5 boot categories here:
SHOP ALL BOOTS

Our corporate headquarters in Seattle is a stone’s throw from the University of Washington, and our office is packed with UW alums—however, this being a style blog, we have to touch on the University of Oregon’s reputation as steeziest team in the league.

Thanks to Oregon-based Nike, the Jedi masters of sports design, the Oregon Ducks have a rotating, interchangeable lineup of helmets, jerseys and pants, which the team combines in different ways each week. Ducks fans love it; others might view it as unnecessary fashion theatrics. To each their own.

What’s hard to dispute, though, is that the team backs up sartorial tricks with serious game. With standouts like a lightning-fast running back who played peewee football under coach Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg—yes, really) and a freshman quarterback from Hawaii who’s ice-cold under pressure, the Ducks are fun to watch on multiple levels.

Here’s a few of their bolder color combos so far this season, plus a video that summarizes Nike’s technical innovations—while previewing the all-white everything Oregon will wear tomorrow against USC.


Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 70-14


Ducks vs. Arizona State Sun Devils, 43-21


Ducks vs. Fresno State Bulldogs, 42-25


Ducks vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves, 57-34

 

Watch the Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans,
TOMORROW (Saturday) at 4pm PST on Fox.


And get in the spirit for a weekend full of football here:
Shop Sports Fan Gear 

 

[Photos by Thomas Boyd, courtesy of The Oregonian / Oregonlive.com.]