“I’m from Massachusetts, and they’re (New Balance) from Massachusetts. It’s a representation of home pride.” – DJ Mars

You don’t know New Balance like DJ Mars knows New Balance.

The Boston-bred DJ, owner of one of the biggest New Balance collections, has been an avid fan of the Massachusetts-based sneaker company since a kid, and New Balance has noticed. Over the past couple of years, DJ Mars has appeared in several New Balance campaigns, with the most recent featuring him discussing how his love for NBs came about. On the eve of the UNDFTD X colette X LA MJC X New Balance release, two of his favorite New Balance collabs, we hooked up with the superstar DJ to find out his favorite New Balance collaborations of all-time. As he stated, “I have?some unexpected heat?in here.”

Check out DJ Mars’?20 Favorite New Balance Collaborations of All-Time.

20. ALMOND x New Balance 1500

DJ Mars
DJ Mars: When these dropped in 2009, they owned the market. From the buttery suede look to the gum soles, these look right on your feet. The simple design inspirations, such as the star on the top lace hole, shows you that someone put in some effort. Small details like that make the collaborations special. ALMOND and New Balance won with this combo!

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  • bingham302

    for sale size 10 dark neon royal foamposite >>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/261111590226?ss

  • Sblaha

    @nicekicks the picture for #10 is the wrong la mjc 1500. Patent leather and stars isn’t the recent release.

  • Sblaha

    Solid RT @nicekicks DJ Mars Breaks Down His 20 Favorite New Balance Collaborations http://t.co/TO2fvd1p

  • FrankTheButcher

    @djmars404 @nicekicks Salute

    • djmars404

      @FrankTheButcher @nicekicks its only right bro…I’ve never seen a pair of NB’s get that much attention…ever!

  • joey_belle

    @djmars404 @solecollector I am STUNNED at that list.. No solebox??? No crooked tongues???

    • djmars404

      @joey_belle @solecollector they got heat for sure,just didn’t make my top 20.

      • joey_belle

        @djmars404 I hear ya.. It is urs.. But the 997.5 are AMAZING and great choice!!

        • djmars404

          @joey_belle those joints r sick bro.

        • joey_belle

          @djmars404 they are.. It’s one of the pairs I feel honored to own.. Wish I could find another pair!!

        • djmars404

          @joey_belle I need em!

        • joey_belle

          @djmars404 may the luck be with u on ur search!!

  • vinhyluu

    m

  • PremiumPete

    @djmars404 Dope List!

    • djmars404

      @PremiumPete thanks P,I really appreciate it bro.

      • PremiumPete

        @djmars404 I’m in your town my man

        • djmars404

          @PremiumPete I’m spinning at Dunk Exchange event today.

        • PremiumPete

          @djmars404 I’ll come through

        • djmars404

          @PremiumPete word!

  • geokthree

    @djmars404 I see you with that look on Complex. Good stuff, man. Again, the list was awesome. So man NB collabs.

    • djmars404

      @geokthree the coverage and the response has been super dope…totally good idea for yall to have done the list.

    • geokthree

      @djmars404 Give the credit to yourself. You made it an interesting read with the picks and commentary. #whereareyourunningtonext

    • djmars404

      @geokthree humbled!

  • djmars404

    @PremiumPete your in the A?

  • PremiumPete

    @djmars404 Aye, Aye OK

  • geokthree

    @sneakerboxClyde Thanks man. I appreciate that, homie.

  • sneakerboxClyde

    @geokthree No problem. I’m bout read it in a few.

  • geokthree

    @sneakerboxClyde okay cool. Let me know what you think.

  • JohnGotty

    @djmars404 good stuff my dude.

    • djmars404

      @JohnGotty thank u bro,for real!

  • vinhyluu

    IMO, a top 20 list of NB’s can’t be complete without Providers, Black Beards, and Purple Devils!

  • scottgold123

    perfect list, but the seals should be a couple numbers higher

  • treesty

    Kennedy’s are the most comfy shoes I’ve ever owned. ?Although Halfhill convinced me to order some Saucony shadow 600s that may well rival them. ?Regardless, the softness of the interior combined with what we all know 999s deliver make a shoe that I hate taking off.

  • Loch121

    @djmars404 Morning

  • Loch121

    @djmars404 actually good afternoon

  • andred77777

    Mars need to stay away from the badly shaped “Asian” made nbs and stay more with made in USA and uk pairs. The list is terrible IMO! Most of the shoes on this list are NOT best representing new balance. Although the seals are nice materials, they are horribly shaped as compared to the old “USA” made 999s. Same with the nice kicks 1500s, Kennedy’s, burn rubbers, and so on. The real nb fans do not pay attention to this crap. The ones that have been wearing nb before all this collabo shit. I wish the us companies like nice kicks and bodega would use USA made nbs instead of using the cheaper Asian made nbs. I understand there’s a longer wait to produce them but why sacrifice on quality. Love that mars reps nb but someone needs to hook him up.

  • andred77777

    Mars need to stay away from the badly shaped “Asian” made nbs and stay more with made in USA and uk pairs. The list is terrible IMO! Most of the shoes on this list are NOT best representing new balance. Although the seals are nice materials, they are horribly shaped as compared to the old “USA” made 999s. Same with the nice kicks 1500s, Kennedy’s, burn rubbers, and so on. The real nb fans do not pay attention to this crap. The ones that have been wearing nb before all this collabo shit. I wish the us companies like nice kicks and bodega would use USA made nbs instead of using the cheaper Asian made nbs. You think I understand there’s a longer wait to produce them but why sacrifice on quality. Love that mars reps nb but someone needs to hook him up. The USA 997.5 and jcrew a are the only pairs worthy to make this list. And yes I realize this is mars’ list not mine. Just goes to show you that people don’t care about quality or where their shoes come from, just as long as it has some crazy colors and a limited number. Top nb collabos…..way to many for a real nb fan to name but here’s some that kill this list
    1-nb 1500 uk x solebox toothpastes
    2- nb 1500 uk x solebox purple devil
    3- nb 670 uk x Norse projects
    4- nb 1300 USA x Alife
    5- nb 1500 uk x crooked tongues Blackbeard
    6- nb 576 uk x hanon
    7- nb 1500 uk sole box Nazareth
    8- nb cm998 green label relaxing
    This is just off the top of my head, and there’s hundreds more
    Not trying to hate, just trying to spread some knowledge