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Joy Division custom NB

On display at Ran in Manchester is a custom NB by a mysterious Canadian with a thing for Joy Division / Factory Records.

The art from the band’s 1979 debut record is used in the tongue tag and insole.

“The album cover, designed by Peter Saville based on a graph of 100 consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919, is regarded as a classic of minimalist sleeve design. The image was found by Sumner in a book of astronomy and represents “the final flashes of a dying star.”” — Wikipedia




Via Seenmy @ Exclusives, CT forums, EUKicks


33 Comments so far

  1. Perttu April 3rd, 2007 10:41 pm

    That is one beautiful sneaker.

  2. mei April 4th, 2007 12:44 pm

    i can’t believe joy division has a shoe after them. nice.

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  4. […] From Dylan Adair, the Montreal-based designer of the Joy Division NB customs: […]

  5. Jacques Rigaut May 21st, 2007 6:38 am

    Is nothing sacred?

  6. Scott Ervin May 30th, 2007 9:19 am

    I would love to buy those.

  7. Diana June 12th, 2007 5:02 am

    That is so wrong I can’t even express it. Seriously, is nothing sacred?

  8. StickyKeys June 13th, 2007 1:17 pm

    That is hottness!

  9. tylor July 13th, 2007 4:42 pm

    when will the shoe be out? price? and how do i get them?

  10. erik July 18th, 2007 7:07 am

    take a look at these!!! the prototype for nike

  11. Oh, Joy Division! | #comments September 4th, 2007 12:27 pm

    […] about trying to get more into them so I could pull of wearing that bad ass t-shirt. These custom New Balances designed by Dylan Adair just take it to the next level (via monoscope). The graph shows up on the tongue of the shoe, […]

  12. davin September 12th, 2007 1:14 pm

    Ian is rolling in his grave…

  13. jordan October 14th, 2007 5:43 am

    i want these shoes more than anything in the world.

  14. JS October 25th, 2007 6:21 am

    Do you want another CP 1919 pulsar-Unknown Pleasures shoes ?
    Vote for them :

  15. Janice October 29th, 2007 6:31 pm

    These shoes own me.

  16. Retro Jordans November 2nd, 2007 2:46 pm

    I wonder how much money Jordan has made from his shoe line? Probably in the billions!

  17. rebelmel November 5th, 2007 8:28 pm

    im the owner of a store well established in Montreal and i would be trilled to sell those A-M-A-Z-I-N-G shoes.where can i get the info and the name of the genius who is reponsible for that design…
    RebelMel co-owner and designer of Scarlett…

  18. ly November 6th, 2007 8:23 am

    where can I have these shoes?

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  20. Joy Division Tribute Sneakers « frockstar January 26th, 2008 7:05 pm

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  21. izwan April 2nd, 2008 6:56 am


  22. fany April 22nd, 2008 10:37 am

    no k buenos tenis estan geniales
    los kiero maldita donde los puedo
    conseguir amo a joy division

  23. simon April 27th, 2008 9:39 pm

    i agree, this is fucken stupid.

  24. José May 2nd, 2008 10:19 am

    will someone tell me where can I buy this sneakers in Madrid?

  25. José May 2nd, 2008 10:20 am

    podría decirme alguien dónde puedo encontar esta maravilla en Madrid?

  26. dillon May 12th, 2008 3:42 am

    this is the most ridiculous thing i have seen for a long time

  27. Edgar May 14th, 2008 4:44 pm

    whre can i byuy this sneakers in México or on line??????

  28. brettyboy May 20th, 2008 9:07 am

    Ian Curtis would either piss himself laughing or cry at the thought of people wearing those.


  29. Iz June 12th, 2008 1:46 pm

    Haha people, this is ONE COPY LIMITED shoes, the guy who made them is the guy who has them, not for sale, it wos a fucken rumor. Shoes are made by Dylan Adair, a Montrealer with good talent n good tastes (cept the trench coat :P)

  30. Sneaker Pimp August 25th, 2008 12:52 pm

    A trainer that combines the power of Joy Division and the class of NB is a perfect match.

    Great band and great looking pair of trainers the sole looks the bomb!!

  31. jake November 20th, 2008 12:48 am

    cool shoes

  32. leonel December 25th, 2008 5:43 pm

    how can i buy one of those?

  33. mens designer t shirts September 28th, 2010 10:55 am

    these look class!

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