New Balance 577BGP x LFSTL 'Kakkerlak'

The New Balance 577BGP x LFSTL 'Kakkerlak' or 'Cockroach' when translated is one of my favourite and most treasured pairs, it's also one of the pairs that many collectors class as a 'grail' if you must. This pair was released in 2008 and designed by the guys from LFSTL, a boutique based in Rotterdam, Holland, and it pays particular homage to their city. Although the shoe is nicknamed after the cockroach, which is widely regarded as one of the most 'dirty' or 'disgusting' bugs there are, it has a certain meaning that the residents of Rotterdam can relate to.

A cockroach can adapt itself to it's surrounding, and they even have the ability to survive some of the most severe bombings, much like the City of Rotterdam did in World War II, and this 577 make-up is a testament to that rebuilding phase and the City skyline. The 'petrol' colour symbolises the industry and harbour, as well as the river that splits the city in half, the grey, black and white represents common colours in Rotterdam's architecture and the purple inner lining draws a link to the city's 'open-minded' character.

As always with a collaboration, you expect the materials to be premium, and the Kakkerlak certainly doesn't fall fault of that, with the use of pigskin suede, premium croc leather, perf suede, white patent and even everyone's favourite gum sole to add contrast to the darkened midsole. Also, as an added touch, the cockroach image on the insoles and also the underside of the box lid are also a very nice extra touch.

The shoe itself is relatively hard to come by now, with value ranging into the high hundreds of pounds, many people are keen to keep a hold of their pair or sell for a high price, so good luck if you're trying to find them. There are also a number of samples of this particular pair, which fair enough is common for most shoes, however, there's rumoured to be possibly a double figured amount, only three of which I've seen, so I'm guessing the rest are with the guys in the Netherlands. (I've included some photos of the samples at the end of the post)

Check out some shots below;








Here is some images of Kakkerlak samples;


Picture by SHOOTO


Picture by Fibs


Picture by SHOOTO.

Here's a nice link with some shots of the above sample;


So, I trust you all had a great festive period and a happy new year to you all! I was pretty quiet over the Christmas period, for one reason or another, but I wanted to use this post to sum up 2013 in a few pictures and kick-off 2014 with a pick-up.

Anyway, 2013 for me was all about New Balance, whether that's a good thing or not, that's up to you, but I regard NB as my 'favourite' brand if you must.. brainwashed by the N. Rather than just being a consumer of all NB, unfortunately my bank doesn't stretch that far, I have a particular focus for Made in England NB pre-2010, and below is a collection shot from December 2013;


The reason why I have a particular focus on pre-2010 Made in England New Balance is mainly down to the shape issues that the recent releases all have, in my opinion of course, but I'm not going to dwell on that as I have a post planned at the end of the month, or maybe February.

Following the collection shot, I wanted to choose a top 5 from all my NB, including Asian made and US made;


From front to back -

1. New Balance 577WIC x Hanon Shop 'Wigan'

2. New Balance 1300JP 2010

3. New Balance 577BGP x LFSTL 'Kakkerlak'

4. New Balance 670NTU x Norse Projects

5. New Balance 1500NYG

I mainly based the top 5 on pairs that I wear and treasure the most, there's a couple that I would of liked to include such as 1500CHF and 577SNS but I had to be tough on them unfortunately, maybe I'll do a top 10 sometime! Number 1 was pretty biased towards my Aberdeen roots, but I guess that was expected.

Last but not least, my first pick-up of 2014 if you must.. I actually paid for them just before the year ended, but because of the Christmas period, it took a little longer for them to arrive;

New Balance 577GSI x SNS


Hopefully I'll post more frequently, and I apologise for the short round up of 2013, but January is a busy month at university with exams and other things, so I'll have some time when they're out of the way!

Thanks for reading and all the best for 2014!