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 MD1500 Deconstructed - size? Exclusives

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This summer size? have joined forces with New Balance to launch a new exclusive version of the MD1500 Deconstructed.

The 1500 itself is iconic, and a New Balance staple piece, and firmly set as a favourite amongst New Balance aficionados, so you can imagine that when the news dropped that New Balance would be reengineering this model, a lot of people were a little hesitant. The MD1500 Deconstructed is one of the reengineered models of the 1500, and it strips the silhouette down to its purest essence, featuring clean lines, premium materials and a lightweight REVlite midsole.

We'd already seen a couple iterations of the MD1500 via New Balance a couple of weeks earlier, however, all three of those pairs came dressed in a suede upper, rather than the full-grain leather we see here.

The upper of both the MD1500DO (black) and MD1500DW (white) feature perforated full-grain leather with oval shaped perforations across the toe, tongue and overlay. Rather than the 1500's usual Encap midsole, these pairs feature a REVlite midsole, which reduces the overall weight of the shoe, and also makes it a lot more comfier. Both REVlite midsoles are white in colour, complimenting both the black and white uppers, and finished off with everyone's favourite gum outsole.

Both of these pairs will be releasing online on Friday 31st of July at 8:00am BST via direct links on size? Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as in size? stores from their respective opening times, so keep a note of these details if you are looking to grab a pair. They will each be priced at a very reasonable £100 and will be available in UK sizes 7–11 (including half sizes).

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500FPK x FootPatrol 'Encyclopaedia'

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.

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500SGW

My absolute favourite combination on a shoe is nubuck and leather, and that is why the set of 1500's - BGW, NGW, SGW, and CBW are so good. Wait, I think I've said this before actually. Anyway, here's the New Balance 1500SGW on-foot, I've had these for a couple of years but maybe only worn them twice, that needs to change!

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500CBW

This is a little latest pick-up of mine, and I really couldn't wait to get them on-feet, so took them for a spin yesterday evening down near the harbour. The New Balance 1500CBW, has probably my favourite material combination - nubuck and leather. The little series that New Balance UK done of these was just sublime - 1500CBW, NGW, BGW and SGW. Luckily I have three out of the four, just trying to track down the NGW then I'll have the complete set of probably my favourite 1500's.

I forget when these were from, I think it was maybe 2006? Correct me if I'm wrong, but anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures, dolphins and lighthouses included.

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500NO2 x Norse Projects

Norse Projects are one of my favourite brands. If you see me, there's a good chance at least one item of clothing I'm wearing will be from the Danish heavyweights. So when they come together with my favourite footwear brand, it's always going to be a winner in my eyes. Anyway, we headed out last night for a wander through some woods, while trying to avoid being attacked by cows, and it felt fitting to wear the second shoe from this pack as it has some nice earthy brown tones. Hope you like.

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500CHF x Hanon Shop

Towards the end of last year I managed to pick up a second pair of this shoe, and to be honest, I don't own many doubles, but with this pair being one of my favourites, it really is necessary. As always, Hanon Shop ALWAYS deliver when it comes to a collaboration no matter what brand it is, and this 1500 was no different. Since 2010, in my humble opinion, Made in UK NB have been dealing with shape woes when it comes to their models, and the GR's were gradually going downhill and starting to have a horrific banana shape teamed with a bulbous toe box, so when news leaked of Hanon collaborating with Flimby, we were all wondering the same thing....

Will Flimby sort it out??

The answer was yes, well, for this release anyway.

The guys at Hanon were well aware of the shape issues and pushed for it to be corrected for this release. The CHF used a different mesh to a normal 1500, a softer type which can be found on the 576NGA, and they also pushed and pushed for Flimby to use a different toe puff (the piece of material we hate). NB state that the toe puff creates structure and shape to the shoe, which yes, is correct, however, it gives the shoe this hideous bulbous appearance due to the size of said toe puff. Therefore, Hanon requested that a different and smaller toe puff be used.

It goes without saying that if the 1500CHF had been produced with the same shape of GR's at their time then they wouldn't be as much as a loved and sought after shoe as they currently are.

The 1500CHF was released back in 2012 and pays homage to 30 years of Flimby, with colourway and material ideas taken from iconic colourways on the 577 and 576 model. You really can't go wrong with suede and mesh and navy/blues/greys when it comes to New Balance.

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WOMFT - New Balance 1500NO2 x Norse Projects

There was a lot of hope when Norse Projects announced that they were doing another collaboration with New Balance, following the success of their 670 from a few years back. However, as they started to release teaser pictures, there was some doubt starting to arise as to whether Flimby UK would sort out the shape issues..

.. turns out they never....

So, enjoy a little toe push to make this pair look less 'banana like'.

One half of the Danish Weather Pack released 2013 by Norse Projects and New Balance -

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