Looking ahead from winter to spring sneakers, know this: we are still in the era of the re-appreciation of the adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. Aka the whitest sneaker that ever white-ed in the history of whiteness.
Get you some white Stan Smiths and you shall look fresh for spring.
But do not fail to consider the all-black Stan Smith, which is crucial in its own way. Or black-on-black sneakers in general. Once the provenance of video store guys, black sneakers are having their own fashion moment. Choose a pair with clean lines and achieve the same monochromatic outfit-grounding power of white sneakers–without showing dirt.
Twelve styles are pictured above and linked below.
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We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.
You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.
Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.
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We sell footwear by Common Projects in-store only–Common Projects being the casually luxurious Italian-made shoes which allow you to do the most (stunt) and the least (showcase minimal design) at the same dang time.
We just expanded our selection and are pretty fired up about it.
Check more images and see a full list of physical Nordstrom locations carrying Common Projects below.
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Perhaps you are shopping for comfy, statement-y footwear for summer. Have you noticed our whole collection of Pumas is white hot flames? It’s true. Check it out. You will find nary a weak sneaker.
Right now we’re especially psyched on the R698 running shoe and the slightly taller, adidas Tubular-esque Blaze of Glory.
Check out two of each model in the images above and below. The first three are collaborations with esteemed streetwear brands Brooklyn We Go Hard and Alife.
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Shop: Nike Air Huarache Run Premium | Nike Air Max 1 Premium | all white shoes
When deciding which all-whites to rock this sunny season, consider these new-to-Nordstrom Nikes.
Of course the standard Max 1s and Huaraches are classics–and stay tuned for new colorways of the latter, BTW–but this Nike Premium pack has its own icy vibe.
We’re very much feeling the white leather + gum sole combo.
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.
Shop: adidas Stan Smith CF Nigo
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.
Image by Brad Strain
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“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
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 writer, comedian and chef 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.
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