Elements 576 Collection – Spring 2008

April 4th, 2008

“New Balance is pleased to announce the introduction of the Elements 576 Collection, featuring a theme inspired by the basis of the universe according to Chinese Taoism: the elements. Three of the five elements in this age-old theory are realized in a collection of limited-edition shoes – Earth, Wood and Water.”

M576LET – Earth – available April 1, 2008

M576LEEW – Wood – available May 1, 2008

M576LEW – Water – available June 1, 2008

“The Elements 576 collection features design details that reflect each of the three elemental concepts. For instance, “Earth” features brown contrast stitching, a medial pattern reminiscent of layers of sediment and materials used to convey soil. “Wood” features a black and green design to signify tree bark and leaves, medial embroidery of trees and a unique “peel leather” to convey bark. “Water” embodies Zen-like serenity and tranquility, with a blue/white colorway, transparent rubber outsole and a recurring pattern of water bubbles.”

“Each shoe has a distinctive Chinese touch: the medial side of every Elements 576 shoe features the Chinese character that represents the shoe’s respective element.

The Elements 576 collection will be available in limited quantities and will retail for $100.00. The shoes will debut at retail spaced out over the spring: “Earth” is available 4/1/08, “Wood” will be available 5/1/08 and “Water” will be available 6/1/08″

NB Holiday Sales

December 24th, 2007

If you’re like me by the time the holidays actually come around you’re pretty shopped-out, but it looks like the end-of-year sales have begun.

Check out the discounted NB selection at Size? UK with 50-60% off some models including the Red Devil 670, Brown/Purple UK 990, Trail Busters, Japanimation 990, and a couple camo-inside-print UK 1500s. Limited sizing so act quickly.

Also I’ve noticed District Footwear here in the Bay Area always has a few recent NB models on sale, usually 50% off remaining sizes so that’s one to keep an eye on.

Peace and Happy Holidaze!

Earth, Water, and Fire

September 26th, 2007

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.



Fire and Metal


Wood and Earth



Pics via: Cool Hunting

Toothpaste Pack

September 11th, 2007

Check out this hot collab between solebox  and New Balance.  Sneaker Freaker broke these and we are still waiting for a release date.  These 1500 feature a nice mix of suede, patent, and mesh.  The colors work great together and the white leather/mesh mix make the texture of the suede really stand out.  Very Nice!



pics via Sneaker Freaker

AO9 Hemp

August 30th, 2007

These AO9 release on the last day of December ’07. The white version was previewed earlier on NBB. These particular A09’s sport the one piece construction and have hemp uppers, which you can see in the pic and some sweet detailing.

A09bk hemp

320 US Release

August 30th, 2007

Due to hit stores mid February, NB releases a tier 1, 320 in the states. These have been out in Japan and Europe but now will be easily accessed by stateside lovers of the classic. Both shoes will feature a combination suede and mesh upper, they are pretty tame considering the more recent colorways and colabs. In 1976 the 320 was Runners World Magazine #1 running shoe, followed by the Brooks Villanova and the NB 305.



Coupon Code, Just for you

August 28th, 2007

The folks over New Balance Tampa hooked us up with a coupon code exclusively for NewBalance-Blog readers. The following code: nbtblog2 will get you 10% off your entire order. You type the code in at the end of the order when you put your cc info in. They ship for free and their classic collection isn’t bad either. It expires September 7th, so Happy shopping.
picture via newbalancetampa

1400’s ’08 preview

August 16th, 2007

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.

New Balance 574 Transportation Pack

August 16th, 2007

Sneaker Freaker previewed these kicks on August 8th “This pack, inspired by the various modes of transportion .. the look coming through here is one of commercial logistics and freight! Maps for truckers, mariners and pilots features across the shoes. Embroidered silhouettes of trucks, boats and planes feature on the respective heels.”

Maybe UPS should look at these for their drivers. Love the colors, design, and the style.


photos via Sneaker Freaker

Solebox drops a new 670

August 16th, 2007

The M670UKRB has hit the shelves at Solebox. This Made in England classic has a suede heel and toe, smooth leather midfoot and patent leather at the top. Red inserts pull it all together. Impressive? Maybe, but not the strongest showing.

670ukrb top

photos via SlamHype via Solebox