London – NB Flagship Store and Roof Hangs

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Just in case you missed it, New Balance opened a flagship store in London on Oxford Street, and they were set to celebrate in style on the evening of Thursday 27th October.

Myself and Rob headed down to represent NB Gallery and catch up with friends and to meet a load of new ones, as well as sample the load of prosecco that was on offer… or maybe I was the only one drinking the prosecco. Continue reading London – NB Flagship Store and Roof Hangs

New Balance x hanon shop samples

Following on from the NB Gallery exhibition at SoleBloc, we were lucky enough to have a full collection of hanon shop’s collaborations with New Balance, which also included a number of samples which never had been seen before by people outside of hanon and NB.

This opportunity was too good to waste, so I have taken a number of images, which also includes comparison shots with the released pairs, and detailed shots of some differences.

A huge thanks to Ed @ hanon, for lending me the samples for the exhibition.

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New Balance 577NIO Sample vs Released Comparison –

The differences between the Night Owl sample and the released pair are:

  • Perforated ‘N’ on sample pair.
  • Contrast stitching on sample pair.
  • C-Cap midsole on sample pair rather than Encap midsole.

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New Balance 990HSN1 Sample vs 990HSN Released –

There is only one difference between these two pairs, and that’s the use of the golden colour on the sample, rather than the orange used on the released.

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New Balance 670 Ventile Sample –

Now, this shoe is my favourite sample from the lot, and it might actually be one of my favourite shoes I’ve ever had in hand. It is unreal, even these images don’t do it justice.

As you know, hanon release two Ventile shoes as part of the ‘Flying Club Pack’, and this pair was a sample from that run, but as you can see, it has a number of differences, such as the big grey suede ‘N’, the use of nubuck on the upper, and grey midsole.

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New Balance 576 Bionic Prototypes –

New Balance and hanon came together with Eschler to create two shoes as part of the ‘Bionic Majors’, but if these samples are anything to go by, it seems like they had a lot of messing around before arriving at the released pairs. Some unusual materials, and colourways here, but pretty cool and unique in their own way.

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New Balance 1500CHF Samples vs Released Pair –

The grand finale, so to speak. The New Balance 1500CHF is probably the biggest New Balance collaboration to release in the last three years, and for the first time, we get to check out hanon’s thought process on their way to releasing the final pair.

Every single one of these shoes are great, and I tried to cover all bases for each sample to be able to see the differences.

M1500 V1 –

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M1500 V2a –

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M1500 V2b –

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And of course, here is a round up of the three CHF samples along with the released 1500CHF.

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Hanon Shop Charity Raffle at SoleBloc

Trainer events have taken the world by storm in recent years, and finally, August 2015 will see Scotland hosting it’s very first event – SoleBloc.

If you’re into trainers, chances are you’ll know about Hanon Shop, and on Saturday, August 1st 2015 they will be holding a lottery for three of their favourite collaborations at the SoleBloc trainer festival in Glasgow. They have announced that one pair from each of the following hanon collabs will be raffled with all proceeds being donated to CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen, Scotland:-

  • Asics x hanon Gel III ‘Wildcats’
  • New Balance x hanon 1500CHF ‘Chosen Few’
  • Adidas x hanon Centaur ‘Granite’

Each model is 100% deadstock from a small stash they kept aside from the initial launch. The winning pair from each collab will come with dust bag as per the original hanon store release.

The guidelines are as follows:-

  • Tickets can only be bought in person at the SOLEBLOC event
  • £1 (GBP) per ticket.
  • Each ticket will apply to 1 model of shoe only – A list of sizes will be available at the event
  • Unlimited tickets – Buy as many as you like!
  • Entrants must provide their shoe size, email address and social media account on each purchased ticket
  • Entrant must have a social media account
  • Buying tickets on behalf of someone else is okay. Details must be provided as above.
  • All proceeds will go to CLAN cancer support in Aberdeen
  • Winner will be emailed and tagged via their social media account after the event

This is a pretty special gesture from the Hanon Shop team, so be sure to head to SoleBloc on the 1st of August and buy some raffle tickets!

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WOMFT – New Balance 1500FPK x FootPatrol ‘Encyclopaedia’

This pair of Made in UK New Balance 1500FPK, a collaboration between New Balance and FootPatrol London, has been getting quite a bit of wear in recent weeks, but never got around to grabbing any on-foot shots.

Actually, I think the only on-foot shot I’ve taken of these was when I returned from London after being at the Private Preview for the shoe. You can check out my write up for the event here.

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WOMFT – New Balance 1500SGW

My absolute favourite combination on a shoe is nubuck and leather, and that is why the set of 1500’s – BGW, NGW, SGW, and CBW are so good. Wait, I think I’ve said this before actually. Anyway, here’s the New Balance 1500SGW on-foot, I’ve had these for a couple of years but maybe only worn them twice, that needs to change!

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WOMFT – New Balance 1500CHF x hanon shop

I’ve been wearing this pair quite a lot recently, the last ‘proper shaped but not really’ pair to come out of Flimby, the New Balance 1500CHF x hanon shop ‘Chosen Few’ from 2012.

Also, my blog has had a bit of a revamp, hopefully it should be a lot more user friendly!

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