New Balance 577NGO "The Napes"

Over at New Balance Gallery, I took a look at the Made in UK New Balance 577 "The Napes" Pack, and you can check it out here, but I took a few extra shots of the shoe, so I wanted to do a post on here with them all. A big big thanks to NB UK for the kind gift!

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Each pair also comes with a really great booklet which provides a look at both the shoes, as well as a history of the Napes Needle.

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WOMFT - New Balance 577SNS2 x SNS 'First Round'

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.

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WOMFT - New Balance 577SNS1 x SNS 'First Round - Secret'

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.

     

WOMFT - New Balance 577GSI x Sneakersnstuff

One year ago today Sneakersnstuff opened the doors of their store in London, and it's been a big year for them, and that's set to continue with them announcing another new store - location unknown yet but rumour has it that NYC is on the cards! So it felt fitting to post a couple on-foot shots of these New Balance 577GSI by the Swedish heavyweights themselves, and this particular pair designed by Erik of SNS. He opted for a nice OG UK 1500 colourway vibe, with premium materials, and of course that stand out all white midsole and outsole, solid job.

Hope you enjoy the couple of quick shots and the shots of the area around where they were taken.

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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;

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Here is some images of Kakkerlak samples;

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

http://snidehead.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/new-balance-x-lfstl-nb-577-kakkerlak-1.html