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Earth, Water, and Fire

The fourth and latest edition of NB’s Super Team 33 (ST33) collection, available in three exclusive designs, this time by the Asia Pacific Team.  The 1400 model serves as the base model again, this time for a theme inspired by the natural elements – wood and Earth, Water, Metal and Fire.The design team did a great job capturing the essence of the specific elements with each design.  “Fire and Metal” features a metallic design on the red and black uppers.  The “Wood and Earth” style has a tree on the instep and wood-like pebbled-leather upper.  “Water” features a patent toe and a gum sole with visual water bubbles.  All in all another solid release from NB.  These hit stores October 20th and should retail for $200.

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Pics via: Cool Hunting

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1400’s ’08 preview

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These Beautiful 1400’s are due out late January and will set you back about $150. These tier 1 styles were put together by the ST33 Team but should still be easy to find for those who are looking. All three in this series offer a mix of premium smooth and suede leather, gum soles, and a 3M highlights. Check the runner silhouette in the toes of these beauties. The purple seems to be popping up a lot lately.

Update — notice the silhouette is actually of a chicken morphing into a human runner, a reference to the inspiration behind the NB technology. Shouts to DN for the tip off.

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1400 ST33 Fanzine Collection drops today

As covered previously the new NB 1400 “Fanzine” collection by Super Team 33 officially drops today. The select 33 retailers include Shoe Biz (US), Sportie LA (US), Sold Out (France), Hanon Shop (UK), Limited Edt (Singapore).

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1400 Super Team 33 Fanzine Collection

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.

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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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Pics from Steething x Sole Obsession swapmeet in Kuala Lampur

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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576 Reflective Pack

The red 3M 576 posted the other day is part of a new 576 Reflective Pack. Motive807 over in Austin, TX has all three.

M576RCRB – Reflective Red
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M576RCTB – Reflective Tan
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M576RCGB – Reflective Grey
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576 Red 3M ST33 Tier One

Turf has a new Tier One 576 made by the ST33 team in Boston. The red piece, the backing behind the “N”, and part of the toecap are 3M reflective. The sole is made of clear smoke gel. USD $145

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1400 Super Team 33 (ST33) Pt2 Stingray – drops April 21st

Just a quick reminder that ST33 pt2 “Stingray” will be dropping in just five days — this Saturday, April 21.

For full release info including where to buy, see our previous post.

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1400 Super Team 33, Part 2: “Stingray”

The ST33 release at the beginning of ’07 was of such a high quality that mine have barely left the box, and I usually wear everything I buy. The sequel, “Stingray” is due in April and looks every bit as good. From the initial pics we can see one shoe in two colorways, both of which appear to share the same heel. Again this one is Made in the USA by a chosen team of shoemakers and available in only 33 shops worldwide.

Scroll down for info and store availability courtesy of Sneaker Freaker

“What is Super Team 33?

Out of the 6 New Balance factories in the USA, one of the best is located in Skowhegan, Maine – a district famous for its shoe manufacturing. From the engineers in the factory, a special production line was built, made up of the best 28 workers and 5 craftsmen (longest career 25 years, total career of 33 workers: 265.5 years). The collection made from these talented workers was named “Super Team 33”, because of its production line #33, and because of the total number of workers on the team. They value “high quality” and “aggressiveness”, and create the best quality shoes in New Balance.”

“These Stingray 1400’s will be available at…

US/CANADA
Alife (NYC), Shoe Gallery (South Beach), The 400 (Denver), Sportie LA (LA), P.E.G (Dallas), Tannery (Boston), Shoe Biz (San Francisco), Capital 1524 (Seattle), The Vault (Toronto), La Godasse (Montreal), El Kartel (Vancouver)

EUROPE
Hanon, Size Carnaby St, Offspring Neal St (UK), Solebox, Tate (Germany), Sneakers’n’Stuff (Sweden), Wallace (Denmark), Vintage 55, Gente, ANO TBC (Italy), Trust Nobody (Spain), Lijfstijl (Holland)

JAPAN
Mita, Atmos, United Arrows, Oshmans, Urban Research, Darjeeling Days

ASIA PACIFIC
D-Mop (Hong Kong) Limited Edition Vault (Singapore), S.H Owin (Taipei)

LATIN AMERICA
Zoo (Chile)”

Via EUKicks & SNKR FRKR

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Super Team 33 launch

I hope everyone that was out for a pair of Super Team 33’s managed to get theirs today! Shoe Biz II here in SF had a cool little launch party set up with the shoes in a cooler chest and netted cage displays, along with tins of gummy fish, haha. It was a tough choice but I walked out with a pair of the Butterflys. The packaging rounds it out with custom box, tags, insole, and even a matching t-shirt. Pics below.

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