Earlier this year, travel bag extraordinaire Herschel and New Balance united on a collection of sneakers and bags. Now, the second part of the capsule collection is set to release. The Herschel Supply Co. x New Balance H710 Collection wraps three of the celebrated boot models in monochromatic color schemes. The upper is composed of mostly plush, textured suede, including the “N” branding on the midpanels. That suede lies over durable ripstop material, which makes its way ont the tongue as well. Tonal, flat waxed laces string into D-ring eyelets to keep the boot aesthetic in tact. The fairly simple makeup is jazzed up a bit by employing the Herschel Co. paisley pattern on the inner lining. Rugged rubber outsoles take this shoe from stylish to functional. Custom branding on the tongue and insole provide the finishing touches to this collaborative project.
New Balance is no stranger to the collaboration, and is not afraid to tap into the talents of unconventional partners. Such is the case, as they have teamed with famous Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue for the Shawn Yue x New Balance 996 Revlite “Common Sense” Collection. The 996 is a staple model in the New Balance lineup, and the 996 Revlite is a technological upgrade from the standard sneaker. The shoe is made lighter by foam compounds in the sole. The 996 Revlite remains true to the visual aesthetics of the original version, however.
The New Balance 577 “Rain Mack” Pack is dedicated to Mackintosh, the popular rain gear in the Great Britain. The rainy climate makes waterproof gear necessary for the locals, and the New Balance 577 “Rain Mack” Pack incorporates a shiny waterproof toe box to keep the water away when wearers step in inevitable puddles. The outsole features enhanced grip to help maintain balance on a slippery, rain soaked surfaces. Suede overlays round out the upper on this upgraded sneaker pack. Both shoes in the pack come with dual colored laces that match the blue/yellow or green/orange colorways. A speckled grey midsole provides the finishing touches on these multifunctional kicks. No release date for the New Balance 577 Rain Mack Pack has been set, but keep it locked to Nice Kicks for the latest information.
New Balance has been known to draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including everything from country fairs to horse racing. The brand is extremely creative in their approach to packaging sneakers as well as coming up with names for them. In this week’s installment of Sneaker Nicknames Explained, we delve into a number of New Balance kicks to discuss the meaning behind the monikers handed to them.
The New Balance Elite Series “Propaganda” Pack includes three pairs of shoes that draw inspiration from the propaganda posters of World War I. One of those sneakers is the New Balance 580 “Propaganda”. The New Balance favorite is updated to include black leather and suede overlaying grey mesh on the upper. Red hits throughout, including the laces and inner lining, harken back to the color scheme of the divisive posters. The exaggerated is dressed in all three colors, and feature ROLLBAR technology with medial and lateral TPU posts for enhanced motion control. The New Balance 580 Propaganda comes with a replica propaganda poster that contains a rendering of the shoe, and is available now at shopnicekicks.com.
The sneaker business is international, and so are its bases. Where a brand chooses to set up shop sets the tone for company culture and provides the means for a meeting place to create the shoes we know and love. Whether you’re an industry hopeful or just a casual wearer, it’s good to know a thing or two about where your favorite shoe companies get their business done. Read on to get a view and a rundown of where the major players in the footwear realm call home base.
New Balance has released some great sets of sneakers recently. The New Balance Made in the USA “American Rebel” Pack takes its inspiration from the rebel culture of the 1950s and 1960s in the USA. The pack includes New Balance 996, 998, and 1300 models. Each model embodies the spirit of the hot rods, motorcycles, and leather jackets that those involved in the movement of that era displayed. The pack will drop in three installments, with this first one releasing on July 1. Other models will be available beginning August 1 and September 1. The classic silhouettets in the New Balance American Rebel Pack are dressed appropriately, and ready to make a mark this summer and fall. Head over to New Balance to grab your pair today. Which pair is your favorite?
New Balance is set to celebrate the success of their baseball athletes with the New Balance 2013 All-Star Pack. The pack includes customized pairs of the New Balance 574 and New Balance Minimus 20v3. The shoes come dressed in the colors of the New York baseball teams, the Mets and Yankees. The Minimus 20v3 features royal blue mesh underlays and silver synthetic overlays on the no sew upper. A digi-camo liner finishes the training shoe. The New York City skyline adds “Big Apple” flair to the rear ankle collar. The 574 is dressed with navy suede and grey mesh. Both sneakers include tricolored laces and hi-viz orange outsoles. The New Balance 2013 All-Star Pack will be available in limited quantities starting Monday, July 15 at New Balance New York, where NB will host a viewing party for the MLB All-Star events, and NewBalance.com.