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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New Balance 1500MJC x La MJC x Colette - 'Vivre Sans Temps Mort'

The Parisian boutique Colette have worked on a few New Balance collaborations and are probably most known for their three 1500 efforts (2006, 2007 and 2010). I think it's true to say that they probably should have stopped after the third pair (1500MJC - the one featured in this post), as the fourth pair which they worked on with UNDFTD, to put it simply, was a bit of a letdown in comparison to the others.

Anyway, Colette and creative firm La MJC worked on this 1500 for a couple of years which seen multiple delays with the pair being eventually released quite late on in 2010, December I think(?). This was around the time that the Flimby factory in the UK were reworking the shape of the 1500 and other models, which is why a lot of people regard this pair as the 'last of the good shape', but as you can see, in my opinion it is still quite bulky. It's a shame as we al know Flimby were once renowned for their quality craftmanship and stunning shape.

The design of this shoe pays tribute to the website Wesoldout.com which was founded by Colette and La MJC in 2006, however, it no longer exists today. However, what it lacks in shape, it definitely makes up for in the colourway of this model and the PREMIUM (emphasis on the word premium) materials used. The upper is mainly lush pig skin red and grey suede with stunning white cow-leather accents, but there's also excellent use of premium brown leather on the ankle surround and tongue (my favourite part!). A premium leather is also used, which further increases the whole premium feel to the shoe, but it doesn't stop there. What would a shoe be without some 3M? This pair features 3M reflective piping on the ankle area and also a hit of 3M on the front tip of the toe box.

The insoles have “Vivre Temps” imprinted on the left and “Sans Mort” on the right side. The phrase "Vivre Sans Temps Morts" means 'Life Without Dead Time' in French, made famous by protesters during the May 1968 France protests.

This shoe was always known to be notoriously bad for the suede bleed on the midsole and also the inner lining, but to be honest, I think it looks better and reminds me of the 1500CT Chiantis. Like the majority of collaborations, this shoe came with three lace sets, red, white and grey, and for me, the grey works best, followed by the white lace set.

Check out some detailed shots below and also some on-foot shots.

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