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Carla’s Nikes #3: Blue

For installation #3 of the Carla’s Nikes series, we’re focusing on blue. Looks good even when she’s pregnant, which is most of the time.

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Nike still makes an Oceania in blue, but all the top fashion houses are jumping on the blue sneakers bandwagon as well.

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1. Prada Cap Toe Low Top Sneaker. 2. Balenciaga Low Top Trainer. 3. Bottega Veneta Lace-Up Sneaker. 4. Stuart Weitzman Chaser Mesh Slip-On Sneaker. 5. Nike Oceania Trainers. 6. Puma Low Top Trainers. 7. Lanvin Low Sneaker. 8. Lanvin Bi-Colour Sneaker. 9. Philippe Model Tonal Trainer.

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S1E18: Carla in Pink

As I said in the last Carla’s Nikes post, when Carla wears pink she manages to suck out all of the color’s girliness. Here’s a closer look at one of the pink Nikes outfits, and a few modern choices to get the look yourself.

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Clockwise from top left: 1. American Apparel Unisex Plaid Short Sleeve Button-Down with Pocket. 2. Levis Made & Crafted Empire Skinny Jeans available at Mill Mercantile. 3. Hansel from Basel Silk Rib Crew Socks in Red. 4. House of Holland Superga Polka Dot Trainers.

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Carla’s Nikes #2: Pink

We’ve seen Carla’s white Nikes (and the list of eBay keywords for finding the vintage Nikes Carla may have actually worn). This is installation #2 of the Carla’s Nikes series. And I’ve seen every episode ever made, so I can tell you now, that there are going to be plenty of these, spanning over ten years of Nike production.

When Carla does pink, it’s not in the silky pastel-y lacy frilly girly way that Diane prefers. Nah, when Carla does pink, it’s pink Nikes.

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Nike still makes a pink Oceania and a pink Cortez, two of the shoes that Carla possibly wore. Don’t blame me, 80s shows on Netflix are pretty pixellated. But a bunch of other companies are making pink kicks today too.

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1. Nike Oceania Bright Pink Sneakers. 2. Nike Cortez Pink Sneakers. 3. Topshop Tuscany Floral Sneaker. 4. Superga Floral Print Canvas Trainers. 5. Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 Replica Sneaker. 6. Gola Sneakers in Neon Pink. 7. Veja Taua Peach Leather Sneakers. 8. Keds Low Top Trainer.

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S1: Rugby Shirts

Like polo shirts, I thought rugby shirts had no place in my life. I’m the least athletic person I know. Asthma (Judaism) pretty much took care of that. But Sam Malone makes them look not half bad. And, like Carla and her Nike sneakers, Sam is a devoted Nike rugby shirt fan.

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As it turns out, there are more than a few palatable options of rugby shirts being made today:

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1. Lauren Moffatt Louisa Stripe Sweater. 2. Equipment Rugby Stripe Silk Top. 3. Forever 21 Rugby Striped Raglan Sweater. 4. Joie Jalene Rugby Stripe Sweater. 5. Comme Des Garcons Contrast Sweater. 6. Thakoon Addition Mohair Sweater. 7. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Rugby Stripe Polo. 8. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Cropped Stripe Woven Shirt in Cake Flour White. 9. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Rugby Stripe Polo in Brackish Green.

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Carla’s Nikes #1: White

Carla Tortelli always wears Nikes. First up to bat, white.

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Disclaimer: I am neither a sneaker collector nor a Nike expert. While I will admit that I bought a pair of Nike dunks once in college “because all the cool kids were doing it,” I will also admit that every time I wore them I felt like the fraud I was.

Circa 2006 (dont judge):

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Now that I have proven my utter lack of good Nike judgment, you can rest assured that the following research on Carla’s Nikes comes from a few more habitual sneaker wearers who have kindly lent their expert opinion.

If you are looking for a modern alternative, scroll down. If you would like to get your hands on a pair of Nikes just like Carla’s, your best bet will be Ebay, Etsy, and other sneaker nerd sites that I know nothing about. Remember, these could be from any year before 1982. Here are a few keywords you can search to find styles similar to Carla’s:

Nike Oceania
Nike Cortez
Nike Waffle Trainer or Racer (sometimes mistaken for the Cortez)
Nike Electra
Nike Diablo
Nike Montreal Racers
Nike Rio
Nike Mieka
Nike Long Jump II

And finally, some new white sneakers:

white sneakersClockwise from top left: 1. Keds x Madewell Diamond Duo Sneakers. 2. Prada Captoe Lace-up Platform Sneaker. 3. Victoria Inglesa Elastico. 4. Lacoste Ramer White Sneakers. 5. Comme Des Garcons Play Cream Low-top Canvas Sneakers. 6. Superga Crochet Sneakers.

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S1E8: Carla, Geometric Prints, Mary Meyer Clothing

On rare occasions we are privileged enough to catch a glimpse of Carla Tortelli’s shoes (always Nike, always color-coordinated with her outfit). But the rest of the time, our view is frustratingly obstructed. Either wearing an apron or standing behind the bar, Carla is relegated mostly to waist-up shots. So she makes sure to always wear a killer shirt. Case in point, this geometric gem:

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The most consistent modern alternative is Brooklyn (via Northern California) designer Mary Meyer, whose line of equally killer geometric-print clothing I was introduced to at Mira Mira in San Francisco.

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