Archive for June, 2007

New 710s

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

SNKR FRKR has posted a couple snaps of some new H710 colorways, this being the classic hiking / mountaineering model from New Balance. We saw the first one in the 2007-2008 preview last month. My guess is they are both Japanese models.. anyone?

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Via EUKicks

1400 Super Team 33 Fanzine Collection

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

NB M1400 Super Team 33 Fanzine Collection

The next quarterly release from New Balance’s Super Team 33 manufacturing group will be out July 20, 2007 for USD $200. The design comes from NB Europe who have chosen zines as their inspiration. Remember the time before weblogs? Fanzines are of course DIY print publications created by fans and for fans purely “for the love” of a particular music artist, fashion or other pop culture phenomenon. Made with scissors, tape, glue, staples, photocopiers, typewriters, desktop printers and other cheap and quick production methods, they have served a critical role in disseminating youth subculture.

M1400FZ1 – White

M1400FZ2 – Blue

M1400FZ3 – Red

“”Fanzines are created through the passion and care of an individual with a message and an audience,” says Robert Ward, EMEA lifestyle category manager at New Balance. “In a similar way this New Balance ST33 collection has been crafted with the same passion and care as the writers invested in their early fanzines. These shoes are all still individually handmade with a strong sense of craftsmanship and pride, just like an old stapled and photocopied fanzine.”

The Fanzine 1400’s feature a combination of premium full grain leathers and intricate printed materials. The rich, supple premium aniline leathers used on the shoes were selected to represent the high quality of the collection and the New Balance brand. The punch perforations in the vamp and midsole symbolize the heavily inked dots the period key on old typewriters would leave when typing onto fanzine paper. The shoe colors were chosen based on the most commonly used fanzine paper stock – fanzine writers typically use brightly colored paper stock as the type/text itself is always black, so red and blue paper is often used to give the fanzine a more colorful, high quality, eye-catching appearance. The “do it yourself” nature of fanzines is incorporated into the ST33 shoes through a variety of languages, illustrating the global nature of the collection and the fanzine concept.”
–New Balance

The ST33 production group in Skowhegan, Maine counts only 28 members and practices domestic vertical manufacturing. They create the shoes by hand, going from cutting to packing in a single day, and ship directly from the factory itself. The “33” indicates that the shoes are sold at only 33 select retailers worldwide.

The first ST33 release was the American-designed fish collection, followed by the Stingray collection designed by NB Japan. Next up is New Balance’s Asia/Pacific group whose ST33 release will be out in Q4 2007.

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Shake! 320 Night one-off 574s and 320s

Friday, June 15th, 2007

I think this is the final and best batch of photos from NB’s recent Shake! 320 night in Tokyo. Here we have detailed views of the 574 and 320 one-offs produced for the design competition.

I’d say after seeing all the photos my favorites are definitely both of the Grey One x Dez models for keeping a tasteful and retro feel yet with some updated graphic design and graf influences. I would buy these in a heartbeat. But the others are very close behind. Large respect reaching out to the designers and to those who facilitated the event. Here’s hoping NB takes some to production.

Shake! 320 Night one-off 574s
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Shake! 320 Night one-off 320s
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Grey One x Dez Einswell x NB 574
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Grey One x Dez Einswell x NB 320
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Crooked Tongues x NB 574
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Crooked Tongues x NB 320
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Dave’s Quality Meat x NB 574
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Dave’s Quality Meat x NB 320
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Via Freshness 1, 2

Pics from Steething x Sole Obsession swapmeet in Kuala Lampur

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Skinner posted some nice snapshots from the Streething x Sole Obsession “Swap & Gawp” free event, Saturday June 9 in Kuala Lumpur (previously on NBB).

Let’s see what we can spot.. M576RCGB 3M Tier 1 reflective grey.. M576TNRY Concepts and M576SPLA Sportie LA.. some Hanon x NBs.. 574 Conbini Pack.. samples of DN’s 2008 reflective Asia-made 576s.. MT580 Mita x RMH.. Super Team 33.. a whole host of other stuff. Anyone know what those 3 black 576/574s in a row are?

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Via IAMSKINN3R

Sneakersnstuff x NB

Friday, June 15th, 2007

SlamXHype reports that Sneakersnstuff (SNS) over in Stockholm, Sweden have leaked a couple of pics of a forthcoming collab with New Balance. SXH’s guess is a 577 and I’d be inclined to agree b/c of the distinctive shape between the toebox and the N.

You can sign up for news alerts on this particular release here.

Sneakersnstuff’s Peter x NB 577
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Sneakersnstuff’s Erik x NB 577
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Crooked Tongues x NB 320, 574

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Crooked Tongues took part in the recent New Balance Shake! 320 night in Tokyo, collaborating on a one-off 320 and 574 for the occasion. It’s a shame these will never be released but here is their in-depth coverage of the experience…

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“Lately the shelves have been crammed with some of the most garish shifts from New Balance’s once sober colour palette we’ve ever seen, with neon and fish scales aplenty. [Ed. – NBB does not condone fish-bashing! ;)] With this in mind, when we received the brief from hobby:tech and crew at KIKS TYO to go head to head with the Grey One and DQM teams on special one-off NBs, we accepted the challenge. No strangers to designing product to limited time limits, once we got the CADs of the shoes in question we were a little surprised – a 574 wouldn’t be too much trouble, but a 320? It’s definitely a classic – the forked toe panel and low profile design was a marathon-winning revolutionary product in the mid-70’s, and a shoe that connoisseurs like the Oi Polloi boys treat with reverence, yet it’s impossible to beat the dual-colour delight’s of the shoe’s heyday. But, seeing as the shoe was being celebrated in Japan with some tasty in-store displays at NB’s Tokyo store, it had to be part of this double act.”

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“Naturally the duo had to have an underlying theme, and with a lot of love in the office for the simplicity of the palette that a shoe like the 850 carried. Simple, eye-catching and effective, rather than jogging breathlessly alongside hyperstrikes, coated in garish leathers in an effort to keep up. were the order of the day. The notion of shoe makeups that looked like performance releases of specific eras rather than the usual limited edition lifestyle fodder was optioned in original discussions regarding last year’s CT/NB quartet, but here, it made perfect sense. Alas, NBXCT embroidery toward the forefoot never made production due to issues regarding such blatant dual branding, but on seeing the final 320, designed in order that keeping the white toward the front would give them a cleaner look when teamed with jeans, and a Prestoesque appearance, we were glad that the omission was made.”

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“In the flesh, we were shocked by how nicely our creations turned out. Serious attention to detail and faithfulness to our designs from the guys in the NB lab ensured beautiful leathers, some offbeat touches that still worked like the metallic heel panel on the 574s, and even the toebox fabric looked exactly as specified. The Crooked Tongues ‘classic colours’ lettering was faithfully reproduced on the footbeds and hangtags, to try to bring a little of the CT obsessiveness to take out our US ‘rivals’ but whereas the battle between NB’s regional releases has been fought online, in line with the brilliant unpredictability of Japan, we had to lyrically duke it out by drumming up support onstage in front of a crowded nightclub. Time will tell as to who’s the eventual winner, but sadly, regardless of the outcome, these two creations won’t be getting a release. But we’ll always have the memories. Well, the ones that the local brew and severe jet-lag didn’t erode. Thanks to all at KIKS TYO, Hiroki at Passover and New Balance Japan/UK for the opportunity…”

Via Crooked Tongues

Shake! 320 Night coverage

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Last Friday 8th June at Club Asia in Tokyo was New Balance’s official party for the relaunched 320 model (previously on NBB).

The night included custom 320s and 574s by top sneaker designers, brands and stores including Crooked Tongues (UK), Dave’s Quality Meat (NYC), and GreyOne x Dez (LA). There were also a number of DJs, live acts and dancers.

Here’s some exclusive photo coverage courtesy of Freshness. Photos by AKI. Big up Freshness and Kiks Tyo for the thorough coverage!

DJ hobby:tech
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Tomoyuki Tanaka (Fantastic Plastic Machine)
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Shake! 320 Night photoshoot

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Via Fatlace:

“Kiks TYO brought together Grey One, Crooked Tongues, KIKS TYO, DQM to help bring back the NB 320. Here’s some photos from the Sneaker Jack photoshoot held at the NB store in Tokyo (Harajuku).”

DQM x NB 320, 574
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Crooked Tongues x NB 320, 574
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Grey One (the black shoe on the left and the crew)
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DQM track-inspired colorway. CF style material up on the toe.
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Grey One, Crooked Tongues, DQM
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Kiks Tyo x G-Shock x NB 320, 574 (previously on NBB)
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Photoshoot crew
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More 574 Japanese Conbini

Monday, June 11th, 2007

A bit more on the Japanese 574 Conbini (“Convenience Store”) pack (previously on NBB)…

John has kindly provided a pic of the kids version of the M574MSE 7-Eleven.. too cute 🙂

Then we have some more pics of the M574MFM Family Mart via EUKicks via NSB

M574MSE 7-Eleven – Kids version

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M574MFM Family Mart

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Hanon New Balance giveaway

Friday, June 8th, 2007

June is definitely the time to be shopping New Balance at Hanon Shop as you stand to win one of four hefty prize packages. The stakes are high with the grand prize weighing in at a value of USD $1000! Lots of rare bits are included in the prize packs such as ST33 Fish shoes, NB branded accessories, a pair of Hanon’s M576BWY blue/white/gold from a few years back, the Centenary book that shipped with the deluxe 100th year combo packs, even a Centenary china plate and a 576 floor rug (pictured below).

Also worth mentioning is Hanon’s clearance sale from Friday June 15th – Monday 18th 2007 with warehouse deadstock priced at wholesale, and New Balance is included in the list of sale brands. Don’t sleep, Hanon has some amazing custom models still available in assorted sizes.

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More info on the giveaway…

“Place an order throughout the month of June and you will be automatically entered into a hanon X New Balance BIG PRIZE give away! We have 4 prizes on offer as featured below. All entries will be dropped into a hat and the winning names will be announced in July.

1st Prize: Approximate value 500GBP
New Balance hardback Centenary Book (This book cannot be purchased and produced only as an New Balance inhouse item)
Super Team 33 Neonfish US 9.5
Super Team 33 Butterflyfish US 9.5
Super Team 33 Clownfish US 9.5
New Balance Centenary Clock
Super team 33 T-shirt Size M or L
NB phone pouch
NB phone cleaner
Centenary Playmobil set

2nd Prize: Approximate Value 200GBP
New Balance hardback Centenary Book
hanon M576BWY 1st edition US 9.5
New Balance Centenary Clock
Super Team 33 T-Shirt Size M or L
NB Phone Cleaner
Centenary Playmobil Set

3rd Prize: Approximate Value 100GBP
New Balance M576 floor rug
New Balance Centenary Clock
Super Team 33 silk screened T-Shirt Size M or L
NB Phone Cleaner

4th Prize: Runner up packs.
A selective mix consisting of
Centenary poster
NB Phone Cleaner
Centenary china plate

Prize 1 – 3 are individual prizes only. The 4th prize will go out to as many packs as we can muster.

More pics to follow…

Good luck!”

Via Hanon