Retro Athletic

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.

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GQ Selects: December Look #3

A wise man once said you shouldn’t wear your gym shorts outside of the gym. Referencing the kind of style icons who first turned athletic gear into sharp-looking streetwear in the 1970s, here’s a look that’s equally at home heading to and from your workout, stopping by the store, or meeting up for a drink. (With a little finesse, you can keep your bag and beats on the stylish side, too.)


Fred Perry Track Jacket.“We love the spirit of the retro running gear that has inspired designers like Prada and Bottega Veneta for spring 2013, and for guys like Steve Prefontaine, a track jacket was elementary to that look. We shot this classic one from Fred Perry on Adam Driver for our December issue. The fit and the sporty red color make it a standout, even if the only running you do is errands.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Levi’s 511 Skinny Jeans. “We’ve been advocating white jeans in winter for some time now, and one of our favorites are these from Levi’s®. Cut in their slim 511™ silhouette, the crisp, colorless denim adds some lift to darker winter standbys like a navy peacoat or tweed sport jacket, and looks great when stacked over a pair of broken-in desert boots.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Puma ‘Bayndyt’ Sneaker. “This sneaker takes its design cues from a ’70s running shoe, but is thoroughly modern, thanks to the tonal fabrication combining matte nylon and suede. We suggest going sockless when wearing these runners, allowing the contours of the slick silhouette to stand out.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Knapsack | Alternative Henley | Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones


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

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 favorites from the December issue.