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Today is Earth Day—and it’s no joke. Proposed by peace activists and sanctioned at the United Nations in 1970, it was the idea that spawned the modern-day environmentalism movement as we know it. Now purportedly the largest secular holiday in the world, Earth Day gives hundreds of millions of people around the globe a good reason to take a moment and assess how they interact with their surroundings.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we pulled five eco-friendly items that will help you do your part year-round—and juxtaposed them with photos taken over the weekend in and around Olympic National Forest, one of North America’s largest temperate rain forests and just a stone’s throw from our hometown of Seattle.

Keep reading to learn about recycled-bottle board shorts, headphones that actually improve hearing, and more.

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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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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

Is it just us, or is 2014 flying by? Seems like just yesterday we were toasting the new year and shoveling snow—suddenly, it’s nearly spring. If you’ve been infinitely too busy to make a New Year’s resolution or two, fear not—it’s never too late to improve yourself. And unlike last year’s resolution to get ripped like Conan (the Barbarian, not O’Brien), the following five simple style tips will last all year—or even a lifetime.

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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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Thumbs up. On fire. Very strong. With the advent and recent all-encompassing popularization of emojis—those simple yet uncannily communicative cartoon drawings overtaking your text messages and social media feeds—the human race is now able to state its opinions without saying a word. Thankfully, that didn’t stop legions of our best customers from waxing poetic about their favorite items on Nordstrom.com this year. Keep reading to see some of our (and your) favorite men’s items of 2013, with customer-submitted descriptions of what makes them great.

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While the name of one of our favorite menswear mood boards (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) is admittedly tongue-in-cheek, there’s nonetheless a kernel of truth to it. Intelligence, humor, confidence, karaoke prowess—all key factors in procuring a mate. But we’d only be deceiving you if we said personal appearance doesn’t play a factor as well. (Looking sharp also induces confidence, which leads to karaoke prowess, which…well, really, it’s all related.)

Keep reading to see our new take on black tie. Consider it step one to ending up like the men on the left in the photo above—instead of the dude in the funny hat playing Candy Crush at the stroke of midnight, seen at right.

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Nordstrom got its start as a shoe store when our founder, John W. Nordstrom, set up shop in Seattle in 1901—and to this day, our shoe department remains the cornerstone of our family-run company’s reputation for quality and service. So when our Men’s Shoe Buyers tell us they have something special in the works, we know they mean it.

Keep reading for a closer look at six small-batch brands that our shoe team felt deserve a larger spotlight. They range from American icons with 100-year histories to a future legend founded by a cobbler’s son. The common thread? All six make impeccable shoes and boots right here in the USA.

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