WOMFT – New Balance 860BTO

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I’ve got a bit of a thing for 860’s at the moment, with a few more pairs still on their way to me. I really need to do a group shot or something as some of the colourways really are great, a forgotten UK model if you must. If only NB UK would bring it back along with the UK Made 1300, that’s all I ask!

Anyway, this is one of my latest pick ups, they’re pretty beat but I gave them a quick scrub with Sneakers ER and it gave them some life, however, there are some patches of suede that are beyond repair – that won’t stop me from wearing them though.

I took these New Balance 860BTO from the mid-2000’s for a spin round some woods near mine with my girlfriend so I hope you enjoy the shots.

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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 1500NO2 x Norse Projects

Norse Projects are one of my favourite brands. If you see me, there’s a good chance at least one item of clothing I’m wearing will be from the Danish heavyweights. So when they come together with my favourite footwear brand, it’s always going to be a winner in my eyes.

Anyway, we headed out last night for a wander through some woods, while trying to avoid being attacked by cows, and it felt fitting to wear the second shoe from this pack as it has some nice earthy brown tones. Hope you like.

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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 and Celtic FC Kit Launch

Many years ago, New Balance gear was seen regularly on the football field, and footballing greats such as Bryan Robson wore New Balance boots, but 2015 was to be the year that the brand would take a giant leap back into the footballing world.

First, New Balance announced that they would be sponsoring a number of players, including Tim Cahill, Vincent Kompany, Alvaro Negredo, Adnan Januzaj, Aaron Ramsey, Fernando Reges, Marouane Fellaini, and Samir Nasri. Secondly, they announced that they would be kit suppliers for the following teams, Liverpool FC, Celtic FC, FC Porto, Sevilla FC, Stoke City FC, the Panama National Team and the Costa Rica National Team.

If you watch football regularly, you may have spotted various pairs of New Balance boots being worn by some of the afore mentioned players, but I’ll bring you a post all about the boots at a later date.

Anyway, the Celtic FC kit was to be launched on the 4th of May 2015 at Celtic Park, so being that I support Celtic FC and New Balance as a brand, it was a no brainer, and I made the journey south for the event.

The event kicked off with a question and answer session with John Collins and John Kennedy who were wearing some NB training gear. Following this was the unveiling of the new home kit with a few players from the men’s first team, and a couple from the ladies’ first team, followed by a brief question and answer session with regards to the players’ thoughts on the new kit.

Check out some of the images below, and if you want to find out more about New Balance Football, go to the website, http://www.newbalance.co.uk/football/

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New Balance 1300JP2

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We’ve known for a while now that 2015 meant the re-release of the beloved New Balance 1300JP, and I was wanting to write a nice article on it, however, NB Encyclopaedia Matt Kyte wrote an excellent piece called Mortgage The House and I’d advice you all to check it out.

Anyway, back in 1984, New Balance introduced the M1300, a shoe which at the time was one of the most expensive on the market, however, the shoe was a bit of a technological breakthrough, with extremely high levels of craftmanship, luxurious materials and the technology necessary for performance. However, even though the M1300 was brought in as a performance shoe, the Japanese seen no reason as to why it shouldn’t also be used for casual wear.

The M1300 original from 1984, M1300 from 1995, M1300J from 2000 and 2005 were only released exclusively in Japan, until the M1300JP in 2010 which was the first to be released outside of Japan. This year, the M1300JP2 will see a global release on the 28th of March, however, some stores in the US released the shoe early so we managed to get an early look at the JP2, and how exactly it compares to previous versions.

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The New Balance 1300JP2 is handmade in Maine, USA, and features a bluey-grey premium upper of high-quality nubuck and mesh, sat on a PU-ENCAP midsole and a durable Vibram outsole. The shoe has a plush leather lining, big original N logo, and a yellow coloured heel counter.

As with almost every New Balance shoe released these days, we all love to moan about the shape, and albeit, the 1300JP2 has a prominent toe puff, unlike the 2010 1300JP, however, this shoe should be appreciated for what it is – the best that New Balance has to offer, and boy is it good.

The 1300JP2 will run you $300 in the US, and £189 in the UK, and releases Friday 28th March. It also comes in women’s and kid’s sizes, which are available via New Balance themselves.

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New Balance aficionados love to compare the various versions of the New Balance M1300 from 1984 all the way through to 2015, and there have been various images created to compare the tiny differences.

Here’s an original advertisement of the New Balance M1300 from 1984;

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Image via Up There Store and Sneakerfreaker

Check out the article in the above hyperlink from Sneakerfreaker and Up There Store, it has a pretty great comparison of the 1995 pair and the 2015 pair.

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Here are some comparisons between 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 from CatWhy.com; the site is in Chinese (I think?) but I used Google Chrome to translate –

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Finally, a comparison picture from New Balance Korea from 2015 to 1984 (I will try to source a better copy of this) –

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