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The always-irreverent Four Pins menswear blog has published an essay about the all-time classic adidas Samba sneaker that will (probably) absorb you, educate you and make you feel feelings. For us, we appreciated how writer Sam Diss put the Samba into English context for an American audience. We were outraged that he thought all Jordans looked the same. And we’re still LOLing IRL about his description of British men’s attitudes toward dancing:

“…anything further than a barely rhythmic shuffling of the shoulders under duress is deemed highly suspect.”

Click here to read the piece.

The image above shows the new adidas Samba MC–which stands for modern classic–a great-looking canvas sneaker, perfect for spring/summer.

Shop: adidas Samba MC | adidas Samba | all adidas

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When it comes to summer shoes, have you thought about going the patterned route? It’s kind of like wearing a loud shirt on your feet. Definitely a fun way to reconsider your outfit. Recommended for resisting anonymity.

These adidas Fluxes are very hot and a good place to start.

Dig a little deeper through our offerings, though, and you’ll find smaller, high-quality brands that your friends might not be up on–until you lace the function with conversation-starting footwear: California-based Thorocraft is worth checking out; so is Filling Pieces, out of Amsterdam.

Shop: adidas ZX Flux | all sneakers

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Shop: adidas Stan Smith Vulc

There’s an argument to be made that classics ought never be tampered with. But sometimes that argument does not hold. Check these two cases in point.

Above, variations on the timeless, iconic adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe with vaguely nautical details: vulcanized rubber sole; optional canvas construction. Crisp and clean.

Below, another take by legendary streetwear designer Nigo, starring a vintage-toned sole and velcro straps. 1970s-esque.

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Shop: adidas Stan Smith CF Nigo

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

Shop: Cole Haan wingtip oxford | all men’s shoes

Wingtip oxfords are typically perfect for the workplace–and this pair of shoes is, too. But with the canvas construction, things are already a little less dressy. Recognizing that, you can follow suit and combine a blazer and trousers with a polo instead of a button-down. Or go for a weekend casual look with the vintage-wash jeans and the t-shirt.”

Outfit 1: Wallin Brothers polo | Theory blazer | Theory pants | 1901 pocket square

Outfit 2: Wallin Brothers cardigan | James Perse tee | AG jeans

–Danny Mankin

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we’ll look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

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Image by Brad Strain

Shop: 1901 sneaker | clean sneakers | all men’s shoes

“With a clean white sneaker like this, you can verge into formal territory by dressing down a navy suit with a t-shirt. In this situation the t-shirt and the shoes are coordinating with each other, giving a casual balance to the dressy suit. White sneakers are also like a blank canvas you can go wild with, so busy patterns and high-contrast work perfectly; you don’t have to worry about being ‘too cray.’”

Outfit 1: Topman blazer | Topman trouser | rag & bone tee

Outfit 2: Barney Cools short sleeve woven | Zanerobe jogger

–Danny Mankin

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Behind this boot is a man with a penchant for quality and an obsession with footwear: Joshua Bingaman, an American who got fired up about cobbler-style boots in Europe and has since found his career sweet spot with his boot company HELM, based in Austin, Texas. Bingaman is passionate about blending European and American styles and making his products 100 percent in the U.S. of A.–and he loves nerding out on the details.

We spoke to Bingaman on the phone about the Pete, HELM’s take on the chukka boot. This upgraded version of the classic silhouette includes American bison leather and the legendarily tough/beautiful leather known as Chromexcel, from the Horween company in Chicago.

Related: Joshua Bingaman on the HELM Muller boot
Shop: Men’s Boots

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Behind this boot is a man with a penchant for quality and an obsession with footwear, Joshua Bingaman, an American who got fired up about cobbler-style boots in Europe and since found his career sweet spot with his boot company HELM, based in Austin, Texas. Bingaman is passionate about blending European and American styles and making his products 100% in the U. S. of A.–and he loves nerding out on the details.

We spoke to Bingaman on the phone about the Muller, above, a boot that pulls off the trick of being shapely and rugged at the same dang time:

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The year was 1978, and in the Nordstrom catalog you could find photos of adidas athletic shoes to wear while serving straight aces and Nikes for getting your Prefontaine on. We still offer shoes that look pretty much the same–and in some cases literally the same–because some designs are classic.


adidas ‘Stan Smith’

Nike ‘Air Pegasus’
SHOP: Nike Athletic Shoes | adidas Athletic Shoes

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater achieves an unrivaled harmony between the man-made and the natural. Scholars believe Leonardo spent up to 14 years perfecting the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa. The seven-layer steel blades of Japanese swordsmith Masamune were rumored to slice, then heal, leaves floating past in a stream.

Incomparable materials and avant-garde details make our favorite designer sneakers works of art in their own right. Keep reading for a closer look at creations by Lanvin, Givenchy, Valentino, Balenciaga, Common Projects and Maison Martin Margiela.

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Eco-Friendly Editor’s Picks

This is the last weekend to shop eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods that do good at our latest Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite items—plus several certified #menswear moments that have occurred recently on our sister blog, The Thread, amidst their TMRW TGTHR coverage. (Eco-friendly camo, South African desert boots and USA-made ingenuity await.)

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