I wore one of the other pairs to this collaborative pack the other day – check the post here – so I figured I might as well wear the other pair too.
This is the New Balance 577SNS2 x Sneakersnstuff from their first round of collaborations with New Balance in 2005, and was created by Peter of SNS, with only 96 pairs made. The Sneakersnstuff pair were invited to the famous Flimby factory in Cumbria, England, and they knew that the visit was mostly about doing a collaboration, but around this time, it was still relatively early days for NB UK on the collaborating front. After receiving a grand tour of the factory, they had very little time to come up with the designs for these shoes, but knew the model that they wanted to work on, and started to hand pick the materials they wanted to use.
Material options were limited at the Flimby factor, however, they are well known for their premium materials, and we see this on Peter’s design, from the leather toe box to the suede heel wrap. A classic design, which was slightly inspired by the classic 577 in navy and the 997 in grey, uses all these colours and a clean white leather toe wrap and perforated toe box with mixes of suede on the rest of the upper.
Sneakersnstuff have made some of my favourite shoes, both Peter and Erik definitely have a great eye for creating great colourways and pairing them with excellent materials. You can check out my New Balance x Sneakersnstuff history here if you wish to brush up on their collaborations.
The New Balance 577SNS1 x Sneakersnstuff dropped in 2005, and was meant to resemble the Swedish Flag, but as you can see, the blue is just a little off…. Anyway, there was a second take to get the colour right, a pair that I’m still trying to track down!
I’ve had this pair for a couple of years now, but have never gotten around to wearing them for some reason, until last night.
The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is a bit of a weird one, personally, I’m a fan of this model, but it’s had a mixed reaction whenever a collaboration has been released, and the general release pairs never done too well either. I guess Asics/Onitsuka Tiger expected this collaboration to be a winner after the success of the GLIII ‘Wildcats’, but when you introduce different models, the hype crew get confused and start wondering whether these at going to bring them the Instagram likes they so desire. You can be sure though that if this was a GLIII, captions of ‘instant cop’ would be reoccurring on social media.
You hear a lot of the same shit, for example, when hanon shop collaborated on the Gel Epirus most recently, you get the whole, “well if this had been on a GLIII or a Saga or a GLV or blah blah blah I would have ‘copped’…” Cool. Well, If Asics had got that Gel Epirus closer to the original shape then that would have at least made it more appealing, but that’s a different story altogether.
Anyway, before I stray too far off the shoe at hand, the Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 ‘Wildcats II’ is as the name describes, a second version of the 2011 release GLIII ‘Wildcat’, and is also hanon’s second time working on a Colorado 85… The first time they worked on a remake of the GTII ‘Northern LIItes’. I’m almost certain that when their GLIII for the 25th Anniversary releases, a Colorado 85 in that colourway will follow close behind.
Back in 2011, hanon shop released the Asics Gel Lyte III ‘Wildcats’, a shoe which pays homage to a local grass roots running club called ‘The Wildcats’, and is one of my personal favourite shoes in my collection, despite the loud colour way clashing with all the grey, black and navy I wear (boring, tell me about it). The shoe features a mustard yellow and burgundy upper, of lush suede and nubuck, with 3M tiger stripes for good measure.
I don’t wear these much, and to be honest I sold most of my GLIII’s and other Asics when everyone was going mad for them, so this is only one of two GLIII’s that I have left, but these will never leave me. I still wish I had kept some of the other pairs of the Wildcats that I had, so I could wear these a bit more, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?
Anyway, I remember the release for these, well, not the whole queuing outside on Friday/Saturday release as I never went, but hanon had an event on the Thursday night prior to the release which involved good people, Japanese beer, and the chance to grab yourself a pair of the shoes before everyone else! I remember heading there with my friend Kev, it was quite quiet, mostly older guys, friends of the store and that, but still good vibes. I imagine it would be massively different if hanon put on an event like that now, who knows, maybe they’ll do something in November when their take on the GLIII for its 25th Anniversary releases.
If there is, be sure to check back here for a full write up, there’ll definitely be a write up of the instore release anyway!
I’m a huge fan of the CT300, and I grabbed all four pairs from the collaboration set with hanon, Firmament, SNS and 24 Kilates. They got quite a lot of wear for a bit last summer, until winter game and I put them away until next year.
Well, the apparent Scottish summer is here, so I brought out the CT300PHA the other day, check out the shots below.
Looking forward to grabbing some new colourways of this model and maybe grabbing some CRT300’s too.
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.
I got a new camera over the weekend, so that gave me an excuse to put on a new pair and head out to take some shots.. well, for my girlfriend to take them.
Anyway, nubuck and leather, that’s all that needs to be said here.