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One idea for a uniform for spring 2016: designer sneakers everyday.

Shop: men’s designer sneakers

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Created by the Belgian fashion legend Raf Simons–described in this recent T Magazine profile as “the most important menswear designer in the world”–we offer these sneakers for your consideration. Both began as adidas sneakers and then Simons had his way with them.

Are you drawn to the monochrome austerity of the R-branded Stan Smith? Do you feel emotions when faced with the beautiful colors and calculated gaudiness of the Ozweego 2?

If you answered yes to either, you may have found your new spring sneaker.

Shop: Raf Simons ‘adidas Stan Smith’ | Raf Simons ‘adidas Ozweego 2’ 

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Twelve Black Sneakers for Spring

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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.

Shop: Gucci low tops | Vans low topsGucci high tops | adidas Stan Smith | Nike Air Max 1 Essential Nike Air Huarache | adidas skate shoe | Prada high tops | Lanvin high tops | Nike high top skate shoes | Converse Chuck II high tops | Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Essential

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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.

Shop: Street Report

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cp4We 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.

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Check more images and see a full list of physical Nordstrom locations carrying Common Projects below.

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puma4Perhaps 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.

Shop: R698 X Brooklyn We Go Hard

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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.

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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’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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