DJ Mars Breaks Down His 20 Favorite New Balance Collaborations

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“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

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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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37 Comments on "DJ Mars Breaks Down His 20 Favorite New Balance Collaborations"

    • djmars404

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

  1. geokthree

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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