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 CT300PHA x hanon shop

I'm a huge fan of the CT300, and I grabbed all four pairs from the collaboration set with hanon, Firmament, SNS and 24 Kilates. They got quite a lot of wear for a bit last summer, until winter game and I put them away until next year.  Well, the apparent Scottish summer is here, so I brought out the CT300PHA the other day, check out the shots below.

Looking forward to grabbing some new colourways of this model and maybe grabbing some CRT300's too.

   

 

  

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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New Balance 997CGR and 997DCS

My love affair with the Made in USA New Balance 997 continues, and I was trying to hold off for as long as possible on buying these two new pairs, but when Leicester based store Wellgosh tagged me in a picture of them on Instagram, I just couldn't help myself, I had to have them. As well as the shoes arriving at my door in less than 24 hours, the good people of Wellgosh also threw in some NB POS that they had left over, a nice little touch and I'm extremely grateful!

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Anyway, on to the shoes.

First up, let's take a look at the New Balance 997CGR in some closer detail, and then some on-foot shots.

This pair has been dubbed "Pumice Stone", and features a tonal grey pigskin suede upper with mesh underlays, and merlot accents on the plastic heel counter and N backer. There are also some lovely 3M hits on the N and toe panel. However, the shoe comes with these strange patterned laces which look pretty out of place on the shoe, so I had to get rid of those and swap them for a clean white set.

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Secondly, and the star of the show in my opinion, the New Balance 997DCS "Dusty Olive" as some have been calling it. This pair features a lush olive green nubuck upper, and tan leather accents, which compliment that olive colour perfectly. I know the durable canvas material on the toebox isn't everyone's first choice, but like on the 997DOL it is excellent on this shoe and a great choice from NB.

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Again, a big thanks to Wellgosh for the love, head over to wellgosh.com to grab these.

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