New Balance x Concepts “City Rivalry” Pack

Now I’m not one for Concepts collaborations usually, plenty of people can vouch for my ramblings about their previous work with NB, and I don’t own any of their collaborations, but their last few pieces have caught my eye, particularly the Trailbuster in all it’s 3M glory, and the 998 from this very recent “City Rivalry” Pack.

I’ve already taken a look at this pack here over on New Balance Gallery, but I got my hands on a couple of pairs thanks to my mate Joe, so I took them out for a spin.

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New Balance 997CGR and 997DCS

My love affair with the Made in USA New Balance 997 continues, and I was trying to hold off for as long as possible on buying these two new pairs, but when Leicester based store Wellgosh tagged me in a picture of them on Instagram, I just couldn’t help myself, I had to have them.

As well as the shoes arriving at my door in less than 24 hours, the good people of Wellgosh also threw in some NB POS that they had left over, a nice little touch and I’m extremely grateful!

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Anyway, on to the shoes.

First up, let’s take a look at the New Balance 997CGR in some closer detail, and then some on-foot shots.

This pair has been dubbed “Pumice Stone”, and features a tonal grey pigskin suede upper with mesh underlays, and merlot accents on the plastic heel counter and N backer. There are also some lovely 3M hits on the N and toe panel. However, the shoe comes with these strange patterned laces which look pretty out of place on the shoe, so I had to get rid of those and swap them for a clean white set.

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Secondly, and the star of the show in my opinion, the New Balance 997DCS “Dusty Olive” as some have been calling it. This pair features a lush olive green nubuck upper, and tan leather accents, which compliment that olive colour perfectly. I know the durable canvas material on the toebox isn’t everyone’s first choice, but like on the 997DOL it is excellent on this shoe and a great choice from NB.

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Again, a big thanks to Wellgosh for the love, head over to wellgosh.com to grab these.

WOMFT – New Balance 997CCF

Another recent addition to the family is the New Balance 997CCF, which I actually grabbed from the NB store in New York last month. One of my absolute favourite 997 colourways so far.

I’ve been doing a lot of WOMFT posts recently, but once I get the chance, I’ll take some off-foot shots and turn these posts into more detailed ones I reckon, but until then, I hope you enjoy.

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New Balance 997DOL

I was just going to do a WOMFT post for this shoe, but my girlfriend decided to take some off-foot shots of them, so I figured I’d add some text, rather than just the 3 or 4 pictures.

Anyway, the New Balance 997DOL from the ‘Distinct Weekender Pack’ for Spring/Summer 2015, another one of the many 997’s which have released recently. I’m definitely not tired of the model, but I must admit, I am getting tired of the amount of colourways there are, New Balance need to slow it down a bit, especially with the high retail price that these hold, our money trees won’t allow 2/3 pairs of these every few months.

The ‘Distinct Weekender’ Pack is said to evoke memories of iconic waxed canvas bags overflowing with weekend essentials. Fair enough, if this shoe somehow evokes those memories for you then cool. I just think it’s a great colourway on a great model.

The DOL features a powder blue suede upper, with tan leather and a lovely blue canvas material on the toe and heel. The brick red outsole then adds a perfect contrast against the white midsole on this 997. The also have a waxed style lace set which were an absolute nightmare to lace up in comparison to NB’s normal laces but that’s minor.

These are getting put away for summer, banging shoe.

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WOMFT – New Balance 997JNB

The 997 has taken the world by storm since it was re-introduced and if I was made of money, I’d of probably grabbed every general release pair. It’s such a great model in it’s own right, and has firmly cemented itself back in with the Made in USA heavy hitters such as the 998, 996, 1300 and 1400.

I grabbed all three pairs from the recent 997 drop, I just couldn’t help myself, but here’s some on-foot shots of the 997JNB until I get round to wearing the others.

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New Balance 997GY

Well, I FINALLY have a pair in my hands! After weeks of holding off and then being let down, a fine gent over at Crooked Tongues helped me out massively to secure a pair so I’m forever in his debt!

Anyway, I wrote a heads-up post over at The Drop Date so I’m just going to include that in here with a little extra, and as I’ve not actually had the chance to shoot them in detail so I’ll use the shots from Crooked Tongues, and then my own on-foot shots.

For many of us, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the drop of the NEW BALANCE 997 reissue and now, we can finally welcome back this sheer classic! This follows on perfectly from last year when we were lucky enough to see the return of the 990, but that wasn’t the only model that New Balance connoisseurs had been calling out for. Over the years, there had been continuous talk of NB bringing back the 997, but unfortunately, ‘no’ seemed to be a common answer and all rumours were quickly played down.

Well, where to start with this shoe? We’ve seen versions of the 997 in recent years, such as the 997.5, a subtle hybrid that consists of a 997 upper on a 998 midsole, but we’ve never seen the 997 reissued in its truest form, until now. The model that was first introduced back in the 90’s looks ever so stunning, and we’re sure that this pair will pull on the heartstrings of all NB fanatics!

Now for the details, and there’s a good few to take note of. The 997 is US made as this stays true to the original, and this means that the shape is exquisite. It features a signature grey-on-grey upper consisting of pig-skin suede overlays, premium mesh underlays and sublime pebbled leather. This great use of pebbled leather is also featured on the tongue and the shoe is finished off with a clean leather inner lining, which certainly gives that premium feel. Also, last but not least, there is some 3M thrown in on the ‘N’ for good measure.

One of the most important components of the New Balance 997 is the striking midsole, which features a duo of densities; fused C-Cap within the Encap sole unit, and a refined heel support. As this shoe was all about comfort, aesthetics and technology, NB have upped the ante by including a triple density innersole and also added XAR-1000 rubber to the outsole for increased grip.

However, one thing that many have come to notice is the colour change to the rear of the midsole, a slightly darker colour than the OG but something that we can definitely put on the back burner to appreciate this stunning shoe.

I’m not going to say much else except link to an article from Matt Kyte (Twizm) for Sneakerfreaker and if you know Twizm, then you know that this is 10000% worth a read.

Here’s the link for anyone interested;

http://www.sneakerfreaker.com/articles/new-balance-welcome-back-the-classic-997/

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