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 997GY2

The New Balance 997GY caused a stir when it got reissued back at the start of 2014, you can check out my post for it here, and there was a lot of talk about the midsole colour and how it wasn’t representative of the original. However, similar to the original or not, it is still one of my most worn shoes to date, and is undoubtedly a classic.

Well a year and a half later, New Balance have went and thrown on a sparkling white midsole and released the 997GY2… which is excellent.

Big thanks to New Balance UK for the gift, and before the release too, awesome. Look out for these releasing worldwide on the 1st of July 2015.

Check out some images of the shoe below, and threw in the 997GY for a little midsole comparison too.

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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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