GQ Selects: October Look #5

Classic kicks in custom colors are popping up all over menswear blogs and street-style slideshows lately. Wear a look like this on the walk from the gym to work in the morning—or all day long, if your gig is a creative one. Either way, opt for the quintessential old-school sneaker, New Balance, and keep everything else sharply tailored, from your tie to your bag.

New Balance ‘574 Backpack’ Sneaker. “We advocate wearing these with a suit in our October issue. The retro running style works so well with one, thanks to its profile—the sneaker retains the sportiness of the original, but without any of the bulk. The bold color creates a cool contrast against something as traditional as a suit, but wouldn’t be out of place under cuffed khakis or slim sweatpants on the weekend.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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[Editor’s Note: We blew through the green New Balances,
as featured in GQ, in a flash. Get the same look
with the red or black version instead.]


Bally Leather Portfolio. “Guys tired of lugging around a bulky briefcase should try a portfolio for a change, especially one with a profile as slim as this Bally number. Not only will it easily hold your daily haul, but the portfolio does it with infinitely more style than that beat-up brief. The folio isn’t too precious, though: The soft pebble-grain leather gives it a rugged edge.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Sovereign Code Polka-Dot Tie | Dolce&Gabbana Grey Suit
Nordstrom Smartcare™ Trim-Fit Dress Shirt

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on

For the fourth edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 fall essentials from the October issue. Check back each month for more.

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  • Lee October 3, 2012, 9:25 am

    The green New Balance tennis shoes are amazing! The blast of green with a pair of jeans and a nice shirt gets you noticed. Now I am looking at other colors offered by New Balance, particularly the orange and red.

  • shed November 7, 2012, 1:49 pm

    what is this suit he is wearing with his new balance.

  • Justin, Blog Editor November 8, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Hi Shed, thanks for asking. Sometimes our shots for GQ Selects are styled with pieces GQ has on hand, but we unfortunately don’t carry. Here are four other trim-fitting plaid suits our Men’s Merchandising team suggested for you:
    Canali in grey plaid
    Boss Black in tan glenplaid
    Boss Selection in taupe/magenta plaid
    Boss Black in grey plaid

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