595 Brown

August 19th, 2008

595’s have a mostly suede upper and a very soft feel with less ankle support than other NB’s. If that’s your thing these are pretty nice for $64.

M595 Brown

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realmadHECTIC x Mita x NB MT580 13th Edition

August 18th, 2008

Coming up for a release on August 30th is the latest installment of the Japanese MT580 collaboration between New Balance, Mita Sneakers and realmadHECTIC.

The lucky 13th edition features two colorways — RGG (Green) and BLE (Brown) — both with velvety purple lining, crackled midsoles, what looks like a ripstop toebox, and two pairs of laces (white & purple for the BLE, white & turquoise for the RGG). Available sizes are 26-29cm in half sizes plus 30cm.

Cop them here at Mita for JPY ¥17,640 each. Looks like preorders are being taken prior to the full release on 8/30. There is also a mention on the Hectic site with a preorder email address here.

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MT580 RGG Green

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MT580 BLE Brown

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Thanks douma for the reminder!

More stateside MT580s

August 14th, 2008

The MT580 all-grey is at Zappos for US $90 and probably loads of other stores.

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Also David Z over in NYC is still selling the Black/Purple MT580KP previewed on NiceKicks.com:

“The upper is a pearlized black leather with a very unique material across the back and lower side panels. The midsole and side TPU are covered with splattered yellow and purple paint to tie together the varsity colors that make their way onto the N side logo and Rollbar.”

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MT580 Coming to America August 15th 2008

August 13th, 2008

Update — Thanks to Taylor @ New Balance who clarified the release date for us: “Foot Locker and Footaction got the MT580’s early, other retailers will have them in November.”

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Just saw this NB magazine ad (in Complex) announcing the MT580 will be making its American debut on 8/15/2008 at select Footaction locations (update — with a wide release at other retailers in November) The ad drops a little knowledge about the history of the model and illustrate all its key features. And Complex gives it 4 out of 5 stars, not too shabby.

“Originally produced as a trail running sneaker in the 90s, the MT580 range of footwear began as a special partnership between New Balance Japan and iconic Japanese footwear chain MITA Sneakers (which is where the “MT” prefix of the model number comes from). It was further divided into general lines and further collaborations involving several popular clothing lines. The timeless design, eye-catching colorways and sturdy construction built a cult-like following and eventually spawned such contemporary classics as the MT580 “Mad Stussy” shoes that are part of the clothing collaborations, namely between Japanese clothing label “Real Mad Hectic”, fashion label Stussy and Japanese retailer UNDFTD.”

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The MT580BP (black/purple) is listed on the NB Classics site here (with a 360° viewer), although it’s not yet on sale at their web shop, nbwebexpress.com. And good news for us big fat Americans with our big fat feet, the MT580 will be made in a full range of sizes, US 7-15, which has not been the case for the Japanese releases.

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991 LUX and 576 KLL & BLL preorders at hanon

August 9th, 2008

Some nice pre-orders are on sale now at hanon-shop.com:

M991 LUX
– Plush leather upper
– Vented toebox
– Limited numbers
– price – £84.95

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M576 KLL (Black) & BLL (Brown) 80’s
– Leather upper
– Suede saddle
– Vintage Sole unit
– Gum sole
– Made in the UK
– price – £79.95

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M576 BLL (Brown) 80’s
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Customsnkr.com

August 6th, 2008

Bit late on this one but if you’re into customized kicks and want to read about, buy and sell custom sneakers, check out the somewhat-newly-relaunched Customsnkr.com. Let’s see some NB representation over there! ; )

Lfstl x New Balance 577 x Rotterdam

August 6th, 2008

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Also in Aug 2008 look out for the Lfstl x NB 577 collaboration presented by Rotterdam’s Lijfstijl. Lfstl has chosen the 577 to remix because of its “timeless character” and sporty profile, making it a rare yet all-time favorite in Holland.

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This release celebrates Lfstl’s new cockroach branding. The mighty roach is of course itself a symbol of adaptation and survival. Lfstl makes the connection here to the 577 style which has undergone many reinterpretations over time, as well as to Rotterdam itself which was painfully yet creatively reconstructed following controversial German WWII bombings in 1940.

The shoe features grey, black, white, petrol and purple colors, representing certain aspects of Rotterdam. “Grey, black and white are regularly used colours in all buildings. Petrol indicates the industry and harbour, but also the river that runs through Rotterdam and divides the city in two. Purple translates innovation in architecture and Rotterdam’s open-minded character.”

Materials include Lfstl’s favorites, drawn from their experience and passion for sneakers: gum sole, pigskin suede, black premium crocodile leather, white patent and perforated suede.

hanon Flying Club – NB 670 x hanon x Ventile

August 6th, 2008

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Hanon Shop over in Aberdeen, Scotland has collaborated with Ventile and New Balance to produce the Flying Club M670. Scheduled for the end of August 2008, production will be limited to 150 pair of each color: “Tornado” grey (M670GKY) and “Spitfire” red (M670BRY). Retail price is GBP 74.95

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Once again Hanon has done a great job of applying rare luxury and technical materials to a customized upper with classic style and old school details.

Features include:
– classic single-piece “N” in a 70’s/80’s style (gold/yellow as to be expected from hanon!)
– superior Wolverine leathers
– sueded pigskins
– vintage bound & unbagged mesh tongue
– Ventile smart fabric application
– 100% cotton old school laces
– aged EVA midsole unit
– custom propeller plane tongue label
– original polyurethane collar lining

Ventile is a British-made, densely-woven, 100% cotton, all-weather, breathable fabric. It was made popular in WWII by its application to flying suits worn by pilots who were required to bail into the ocean. Ventile is still used by tornado pilots with the RAF and NATO, as well as by Antarctic explorers and climbers of Mt. Everest.

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New Balance x Nine West for Spring 2009

July 28th, 2008

New Balance and Nine West are set to announce a partnership to create a co-branded line of women’s shoes named New Balance for Nine West.

Nine West said the collection gives the consumer more performance options.

“It’s for a woman who wants to have some fashion with her technology,” said Andy Cohen, Nine West CEO of footwear, accessories and retail. “I don’t think we have had that in the market for her.”

Spring 2009 will see the launch of up to 20 new $79-and-up styles at selected Nine West, New Balance and boutique locations. NineWest.com will host a microsite dedicated to the line.

While the exact number of SKUs that will comprise the inaugural spring ’09 collection has yet to be finalized (the target is near 20), the lineup currently includes sneaker looks — many built on existing New Balance platforms, including the 410 running style — slip-ons, ballet flats and sandals.

All the shoes were built, Allard said, to emphasize a feeling of lightness and femininity. Materials include transparent shells, T-shirt-inspired jersey and premium leathers. In keeping with the styles’ athletic DNA, a premium was placed on breathability and comfort, with New Balance’s proprietary Abzorb cushioning and memory foam materials used in several styles.

via Footwear News

MT580 Triple Threat Patents

July 25th, 2008

Available now at the UNDFTD shop in Red, Pesto and Fuschia for $188 a pop.

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