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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 which 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’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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Did you know Nordstrom carries Common Projects? True story.

The New York-based, Italian-made footwear brand with the immaculate designs is currently available at seven stores–and hitting seventeen more in August.

Clean and elevated, these shoes are also extremely versatile. Dress them all the way up with a suit or all the way down with a t-shirt and shorts.

You can’t lose. 

More styles and a full list of Nordstrom stores carrying Common Projects:

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To help you get through this week, or maybe just this hour, we offer words of wisdom, clarity and humor from culture icon Eddie Huang.

For the unfamiliar, Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat (which we love) has made him the inspiration for the current TV show of the same name–which he initially endorsed but has become publicly uncomfortable with. Now he’s on the same kind of existential tour as Dave Chappelle was in 2007, using public speaking and comedy as a way to control his narrative, making a universal case for how maddening it can be to maintain one’s identity. 

When we saw Huang speak at University of Washington, he was draped in pastel XXBC gear and rocking Nike Trainer 1s.  He delved into issues of domestic abuse and racism, and basically led group therapy with a laugh track. 

Quotes from the evening are below.

Shop: Nike Trainer 1 | All Nike

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New! New Balance Sneakers

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This just in: new heat from New Balance. Catch us mobbing around the city this spring/summer in any of the above styles, most likely on our rolled-up Bonobos steez.

Starting with the red shoe we’re looking at the Connoisseur Collection 574, the Connoisseur Collection 998 in sand, the Heritage Court CT300 in white and the Elite Edition 999 in gray/red.

Shop: New Balance sneakers | The Sneaker Project

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Here we see metallic Nike sneakers in the 1984 Nordstrom holiday catalog. Man, do they rule.

The wrestling shoes? Fire. We’re might start wearing wrestling shoes to the office, now. And they’re called the Hi-Jack, which is super tough.

The Vandal Supreme model in the back? With the ill nylon quilting? From the Air Force 1 design similarities to the fact that they look like a tracksuit, to the name, which connotes graffiti: these shoes are very hip-hop. Suitable for park jams, writing sessions, everything “from break dancing to basketball.”

But it’s really about the ones in front. Nike Snow Waffle. Early high-top/running shoes combo. Too fresh.

Factoid: The Snow Waffle lives on today, in slightly altered form, as the reflective Internationalist.

Shop: Men’s Nike | All Men’s sneakers

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Sound the alarm: New colors of the adidas ‘Tubular’ lifestyle shoe are shop-able. That would be the sensational sneaker that the brand debuted in 2014 and caught on like the flu, and only gets sicker with each new colorway (that black/surf petrol/off white, though?).

Shop: adidas | The Sneaker Project | Streetwear

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The Sneaker Project is a curated selection of sneakers handpicked by our buyers, and forgive our immodesty here, but it rules. Twice a year we give it an extra dimension with atmospheric videos shot in various cities. We pick a sneaker enthusiast and make them our tour guide. So far we’ve profiled Seattle, New York and now Los Angeles.

Our L.A. video was made by and stars Dan Regan and his actor friend Spencer Lofranco. Regan is a downtown L.A. dweller and Venice neighborhood local, an artist/photographer/director we admire–someone whose professional title could probably be something nebulous like “creative strategist and digital fathomer,” but that’s obnoxious and he’s not.

In fact, he’s pretty much the man for steering us away from #basicstuff in Venice and recommending a few crucial spots to chill and eat. Check out our Q&A and some behind-the-scenes snapshots below.

Shop: The Sneaker Project

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Converse Extra Special Value
c. 1985-86
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
116 x 180 inches

Check out Converse Extra Special Value, above. That’s artwork featuring classic Converse All Stars by the late pop master Andy Warhol, mimicking his own early work in advertising. As an illustrator and graphic designer, Warhol sometimes drew shoes for ads. As an artist, he brought elements of ads into his pieces shown in galleries and museums, challenging people to see them in a different light.

If that were the only link, Converse’s new Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol Collection sneakers would make sense by themselves. But it gets deeper. Adorned with Warhol’s beloved Campbell’s Soup cans, the Converse x Warhol sneakers are a swirl of classic American products-for-the-people.

In conversation with Carrie Dedon, assistant curator at  Seattle Art Museum, we go even further. Among other things, we learn from Dedon that Warhol definitely saw himself as a product, and we find out what his exaltation of logo design had to do with his concept of democracy.

Images courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Converse

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