New Balance Autumn/Winter 2014 - Part 2

Following on from a previous post of A/W 2014 Leaks, here are some more unseen pairs via hanon shop which will be available to pre-order from September 1st, and releasing in October sometime. I had already posted a few of the Made in USA pairs on the previous post, but here we get to see them in all their glory with the clean stock pictures, and that 1300 is still looking superb.

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Continuing on with the 577 25th Anniversary vibe for this year, NB are dropping more colourways, and that shape somehow seems to be getting better with time, which is always good news.

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Along with the 577, one of my favourite Flimby made models is the 670, but maybe for the last year or so, there haven't really been any eye-catching colourways and the shape has never been close to comparable to some of the pre-2010 stuff. However, these two upcoming colourways get the thumbs up from me.

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As well as the above shoes, I was just browsing hanon shop website and realised that they have a few others up for pre-order but don't actually have any pictures of them. The Gentleman's Choice 1500's are there too for £145, 1500GMN and 1500GMB respectively.

Here's the pics via End Clothing:

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There'll be some more A/W 14 pairs to drop in the following months so as soon as they hit pre-order, I'll upload a blog post for them. Keep an eye out.

LEAKS! - New Balance Autumn/Winter 2014

Following on from the last post, I checked out this collection back in April, and it's taken a long time for some pictures to show up on the internet, but nevertheless, they did, so check them out below.

Again, we see more of the same from New Balance USA, but that pair of 1300's really caught my eye, and I'm looking forward to checking them out in person. We also see New Balance sticking with some denim on another 1300 make-up.

Stay tuned on my blog for when more pictures become available.

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All images via The Shoe Game.

LEAKS! - New Balance Spring/Summer 2015

There's been a few times that I've sat down and wrote a couple of pieces about 'leaks', but I've never actually posted one. It's a touchy subject for all brands/stores together, and for people who initiate leaks when they're not meant to that represent the brand/store, well, I can't imagine they'd be in their employer's good books. However, it is 2014 and the world has been engulfed in social media, whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other social platform there is, so it's pretty inevitable that leaks are going to happen. It's not all bad though as the consumer love leaks, and that's no word of a lie. There's nothing the next man wants more than a sneak peak at an upcoming collaboration with a store, or a couple of their favourite models from a brand's unreleased collection let slip and up for sale on eBay. It creates a huge amount of anticipation, and excitement amongst everyone and keeps them talking, which surely for the most part is good for the brand.

Anyway, that's a discussion for another time, I just wanted a brief introduction before I let loose some of these samples for New Balance Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, which were advertised for sale on eBay and Klekt. This was a month or so ago and they've been populating the world wide web ever since, so this isn't exactly the first time they've been seen.

So what's in store for Spring/Summer 2015? I had seen various pairs from this collection a couple of months before they surfaced on the internet, and only a few had really caught my eye.

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More of the same, that's for sure, the New Balance 997 is sticking around for a while, and although I welcomed back this model with open arms, much like the 990, it seems like it's going down the same road - at least two colourways every season, and then throw in a couple of collaborations. The word 'overkill' springs to mind, I'd of been more than happy sticking with the grey and navy pairs, then maybe a couple more.

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On-to the New Balance 990 now, and just recently this model was made available on the US New Balance site for customisation, so now the possibilities are endless - material choices are currently limited to just suede and mesh.

We've seen a lot of 'Premium Packs' if you must, with a bunch of standard NB pack names to go along with them, 'Connoisseurs', 'Distinct', 'Author', etc etc etc, so we will be welcoming the Horween Leather 990 very soon.

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What more can we expect from the Made in USA side of things for Spring/Summer 2015? Well, the New Balance 998 firmly holds it's place in the USA collection, along with maybe another 997, a premium 990 which looks really good, but the most exciting news about S/S 2015 is the USA Bringback Collection.

The USA Bringback collection will consist of the 990GRY, which you may remember was released not too long ago for it's 30th anniversary, so if you missed out then you'll have another chance to grab them. Along with that will also be a grey 998, possibly very similar, if not the same as the pair which Roadrunner Sports have been releasing for the last few years, and finally, the 1300JP (5 years since it's last release), probably the most anticipated shoe from the USA collection.

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The Made in UK side of New Balance is my forte, but for the last few years, it's all been pretty poor in my opinion, and that's not just because of the shape issue, the colourways and materials haven't exactly been up to scratch when you compare them with what Flimby were capable of pre-2010.

The usual UK models making an appearance, but not much to really talk about. A while back we seen some pics of the 'Gentleman's Choice' Pack and you can see one of the 1500's in all of their glory below.

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New Balance 1500GMN -1500gmn - sample

New Balance 1500SG -1500sg - ss15 sample

New Balance 1500NAV -1500nav - ss15 sample

New Balance 576PGT -576pgt - ss15 sample

Much like the Made in USA collection, Flimby have also been working on some premium packs, and one of them worth noting, probably only because of the 1500, which is guaranteed to be a winner with everyone. The only picture I can share is of the pack in the colours of the 'Union Jack', the red 1500, blue CT300 and the tip of the toebox of the white 577.

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Once the pre-orders are up at all the usual retailers, I will compile another post of both collections. Until then, enjoy speculating, I'm sure more leaks/teasers will appear soon.

Adidas ZX Flux 8000 Weave OG

 

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The whole 'Flux' technology from Adidas has been the talk of the town for a good while now, and it definitely doesn't seem like it's going to die down anytime soon, especially with all the excellent upcoming make ups. It's been pretty ground breaking, much like the hyperfuse from Nike, but Adidas seem to be going that one step further, and it's paying off big time.

Now don't get me wrong, the ZX 8000 itself is one of the best Adidas models out there, but for me, it had almost felt a little bulky on-foot, but now that it has been given the flux treatment, I can't use that as an excuse.

The ZX Flux 8000 Weave is an identical representation of the original much loved ZX 8000 model that launched back in '89. That distinctive turquoise blue upper with yellow accents, duped the 'Aqua', is a favourite colourway for many Adidas collectors, and trainer aficionados alike. We see this shoe get the Flux treatment, and all the panelling is now woven in using a jacquard technique, which creates a stunning minimalist silhouette, one that we really cannot fault!

If you're yet to pick up a pair of the ZX Flux Weave, then you really are missing out. There's plenty of great colourways out currently, and even more on the horizon, and all for a fair price in comparison to other shoes out there, so don't miss out.

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Crepe City 11

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DSC_0977 It is said time and time again, and it may almost sound like a stuck record, but it's true, Crepe City is continually growing with each one being even bigger than the one before. The 11th instalment was no different, and with a new room in the Truman Brewery, located just off Brick Lane, the 22,000 sq ft room was packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers and much much more. With almost 5000 people passing through the doors, whether you were looking to buy, to sell, or simply just to drop by and have a look, then this was the place to be!

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It's not often that we complain about heat in the UK, but in both the true meaning of the word and also the adopted version to describe footwear, Crepe City felt like a giant greenhouse awash with thousands of pairs of trainers. Luckily, there were plenty of flyers advertising the next event (Crepe City 12) on hand, which turned out to be very effective fans to keep heads cool, but wrists sore.

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With the vast new space all on one floor and in one room, this seemed to finally give the event a proper convention feel, and was preferred by many. The room was lined with tables parallel to one another from one end of the room to the other, and the space filled quickly with punters trying to locate the best bargains available.

Over the years, Crepe City have grown to become the biggest and best trainer event in the UK, and this shows with the large amount of new and old sellers that they attract. Sellers travel from both the UK and abroad, as well as named brands such as Puma, and stores such as Wellgosh who also regularly make the effort to sell stock at reduced prices, or even display current and upcoming releases.

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Dutch heavyweights Prime also visited for the second time in a row, bringing their amazing collection of Nike Air Max, along with everyone's favourite releases from other brands, which meant their stall was the busiest throughout the day.

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On the subject of reoccurring sellers, the UK's own Ropes Laces were on hand to sell their vast catalogue of rope laces, as well as their recent collection of flat laces, including some very tasty 3M offerings. With the exception of that one day, the UK experiences some shocking weather for the most part, so taking care of your trainers is imperative, and the likes of Jason Markk, Liquiproof and Sneaky Brand were there to demonstrate and sell their product.

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Trainer art has always been there or thereabouts, but over the last year or so, it has become increasingly more popular, so it's always good to see what the UK has to offer. The extremely talented Steph Morris was at the event for the first time showcasing her exceptional pencil sketches, along with Filfury and his iconic abstract work.

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Bar and catering services were upgraded for this event, and both were jam packed throughout the day, with various great food offerings, and of course, plenty of Red Stripe to go around. The small courtyard served well for somewhere to chill, grab a bite to eat, a drink and escape the sweltering heat of the venue. The Drop Date were also sneakily positioned in the courtyard grabbing on-foot shot of those who passed through to feature on their site.

As always, these events would not be possible without the work of the Crepe City team, and all the sellers, caterers, and everyone else involved in making the event run smoothly, so a huge thanks goes out to all of them!

See you all at the next Crepe City on the 8th of November!

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Solemart Paris - June 2014

DSC_0293 In the run up to the next Crepe City in July, we were feeling a little deprived of sneaker events, so we headed to Paris to check out the Solemart event, and chat to some of the European sellers about coming across to sell at Crepe City for future events. The European sellers who attend these events offer something that we struggle a little to get in the UK, and that's variety, but in particular, vintage runners and runners in general. Fair enough, like anywhere, you have your big hitters - Air Max, Jordan, and your recent releases from this year or previous, but that's always a bonus if you happened to miss a release that you wanted. So, a little bit of background about this edition of Solemart; The event took place in the Bastille Design Centre, with 700 metres squared of space on 3 floors with thousands of sneakers for you to buy, trade, or just simply admire. The event was hosted in association with La MJC and Solemart, with a preview hosted by Adidas for the Stan Smith Primeknit.

We arrived at the event prior to it opening, and a queue had already developed, but when 11am came, the doors opened and everyone was filtered through into the event space. The building itself was extremely traditional and had an archaic feel to it, which was relatively unusual compared to UK events but fitting for the location. The tables that the sellers used themselves even looked like antiques.

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There seemed to be a lot of interest from buyers on the first floor, who had some great pairs for sale on their stalls. We even bumped into Hichem who had a small room off to the left near the entrance of the venue, and as expected, his table with full with cracking pairs.

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Moving down to the ground floor by means of an extremely tight spiral staircase, barely wide enough to have two people pass one another, this floor was again, packed to the brim with sellers in every corner of the room. The ground floor was also where CC 9 attendee Ben Coshi was selling off some great pairs.

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With a tour of the ground floor complete, it was time to check out what the upper floor of Solemart had to offer, and if anyone was looking for some Air Max or Asics, then this was the floor to be. It was also probably the nicest looking floor, with a walkway around the circumference of the room, featuring trainers all the way around the inner circle, with a couple of separate rooms at one end, which were also packed with trainers. The large atrium provided a great view down to the first floor with the Solemart banner hanging on the far wall.

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Unfortunately, we never managed to check out the Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit, but we heard they sold out super quick, and thankfully, they will be available at selected Adidas retailers soon.

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It was a pleasure to attend the Solemart Paris event, and great to meet and chat to some of the French buyers and sellers, just a shame that the trip was brief, maybe we'll be back across for another event in the future!

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Crepe City 10 Recap

It was that time again on the last Saturday of March when Crepe City descended on Old Truman Brewery for it's tenth event, which was to be.. MASSIVE!

The Crepe City team consistently pull out all the stops to improve on each event to make them bigger and better than the last, and it certainly showed this time. With the event firmly establishing itself as the biggest and best buy/sell/trade trainer event in the UK, it's inevitable that the volume of people passing through the doors grows at a huge rate. Bearing this in mind, the event has expanded over two floors, now with a total of four rooms stocked full to the brim with trainers, clothing, artwork and accessories! In between each event, there's always talk about the queue, whether it be the length, the wait time, shelter, or the fact that it wasn't organised well, but the extra floor and new queuing system proved pivotal in eradicating these issues.

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It's always good to see the regulars at the event, whether it be people selling, buying, or just coming along to catch up with old and new. As always, the Wellgosh crew made the trip and had a stall packed with heat, along with Dutch heavyweights Prime who brought tonnes of our favourite Asics and Air Max runners. We also saw the good people at Puma drop a huge glass pyramid in the middle of the ground floor showing off some of the upcoming Trinomic releases, getting many excited for some of the more vibrant colourways.

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As always at the Crepe City event, the team like to have all angles covered, and Truman Brewery was awash with trainer-related accessories, whether it be everyone's favourite cleaning product Jason Markk, or Ropes Laces who really have went the extra mile with the product, setting them apart from all others in the same market. There were also some hands on demonstrations which was always a nice touch and if you doubted the potential of Liquiproof, then all you had to do was check out their stall where they poured anything you could think of over a pair of trainers to demonstrate their product. Let's not forget the heavyweight Stance socks who were selling on the upper and also hid numerous pairs around the venue for event goers to find.

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Sneaker art is fast becoming a new craze it would seem, but it was a pleasure to have two of our favourites at the event. Steve Piantoni's unique style of Sneaker Toons reminds us of the car illustration posters that were decked out with large rear wheels, and Carroll Lynn had kitted out three of our favourite models on canvas in a stunning teal colourway for the event.

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Our friends at U-Dox who recently revelled in the success of their new book; Sneakers - The Complete Limited Editions Guide, had both new and old publications for sale on the day, along with a first hand look at some of the rarest pairs that have graced the book.

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However, the real star of the show was the adidas Flux Pop-up exhibition in association with Crepe City, which was located around the corner. If you took the time to have a look, you would of been given an insight into adidas' celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ZX8000 that was first introduced in 1989 and featured continually throughout the 90′s. Progressing from the ZX history, you were hit with an array of colourways of the new ZX Flux, the epitome of the curation. We have to give a big shout out to the people at adidas and Robert Brooks for putting this exhibition together! Be sure to check out my other blog post on the Adidas ZX Flux Pop-up.

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It didn't just stop there, as well as the exhibition, adidas were also giving away one of their 'not for retail' adidas ZX 8000 Flux, limited to 100 pairs, and all you had to do was wear a pair of adidas to be in with a chance of winning. Congratulations to Sunil for winning by wearing his unreal adidas Icone.

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As always, the event wouldn't be possible without the Crepe City team and the continual hard work they put in to make each event the success that it is.

Be sure to check out some of the other photos below, and I'll upload a post with some on-foot shots from the day too.

See you all at the next one!

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