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 x Sneakersnstuff - Collaboration History

Originating in Stockholm, Swedish duo Peter and Erik have been in the business for well over ten years now, and are widely regarded as two of the best in this industry. Due to their popularity and successfulness in Stockholm, in 2005 they opened a second store in Malmo, and subsequently took their business overseas and have recently settled in London. With their success came many opportunities, and Sneakersnstuff have collaborated with many brands over the years, having been named as the 'King of collabs' numerous times. For many years now, New Balance have been collaborating with stores across the globe, but very few have as strong a relationship with New Balance like Swedish heavyweights Sneakersnstuff do. In fact, New Balance were one of the first brands to give Sneakersnstuff the opportunity to do a collaboration.

 

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New Balance x Sneakersnstuff "Round 1"

As the title of the collaboration suggests, the first collaboration between New Balance and Sneakersnstuff came in 2005, and it wasn't without drama, that's for sure. However, mistakes sometimes pay off and when it comes down to footwear, it usually makes things a little more interesting.

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, so that was a good start at least.

There were only 96 pairs of each colourway produced for the "Round 1" pairs, a time when New Balance collaborations were extremely limited, with sub 200 pairs seen very very often.

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Image from Complex.

The 577SNS1 was designed by Erik and it draws inspiration from the Swedish flag, and also the flag of the Canary Islands as this was the birthplace of Erik's father-in-law. The shoe features blue suede, and yellow leather on the upper, with a white leather perforated toebox, all sat on the traditional Encap 577 sole unit.

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Image from Size Eleven.

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.

As I mentioned previously, the first collaboration wasn't without drama, and the SNS guys got a little more than they had originally bargained for.

577SNS1 "The Secret Colourway"

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Image from Complex.

As can be seen in the first 577SNS1 posted a couple of pictures above, Erik's Round 1 samples were blue and yellow, they way he designed them, but when they received the pairs, Flimby had changed the blue to more of a mint green and also added some more yellow to the shoe.

It wasn't the shoe Erik designed, but they decided to release them anyway, but rather than releasing pictures of them prior to launch, they had a countdown clock on the Sneakersnstuff website for 'The Secret 577'. Unfortunately, some pictures managed to leak a few minutes before the launch, but the shoe was well received and all 96 pairs sold out.

 

2007

New Balance x Sneakersnstuff "Round 2"

Two years on from their first collaboration, they were back, and once again, revisiting the 577, a model which had quickly became one of their favourites from the New Balance arsenal.

This time, rather than the original 577 sole unit, they wanted to do something different and have an all white sole unit (outsole included), which wasn't exactly received well, but it works, and compliments both colourways extremely well.

Both colourways were produced in 252 pairs each, so there were 504 pairs in total for the set, which was quite a lot at the time of release but unfortunately this had to be the number as it was the minimum for a new sole unit then.

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For Peter's colourway, he used the same premium synthetic leather which was used on the original 1500, along with some premium pig skin suede. The yellow New Balance detailing is a nice touch and looks good against the bluey/grey colourway.

577GPI "Erik"

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Images from Complex.

The 577GPI is arguably one of the best 577's around, that earth tone colourway works perfectly and it has some of the best materials ever used on a New Balance. One unusual touch on this shoe is the pink lining, and unfortunately, this wasn't available at Flimby so Erik had to source the pink silky smooth lining himself.

 

2008

New Balance x Sneakersnstuff "Round 3"

There was a bit of a familiar theme by the time the third round of collaborations came about, I guess that was one of the benefits of having two people behind a store - two shoes each time, and often two very different takes on the colourways.

For the third round of the New Balance x Sneakersnstuff collaborartions, did you really expect them to work on any model other than the 577? Not a chance, it was almost a tradition by this point, but a very good one at that.

Much like "Round 2", Erik and Peter wanted to change up the midsole a little, and now Flimby had the ability to create a midsole that was different to the traditional 577 midsole without having to produce larger quantities of the shoe. This is why "Round 3" has a smaller production run of 150 pairs each, in comparison to the 252 pairs each for the last round.

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As you might have gathered by now, Peter likes to keep his colourways simple, but always with the most premium of materials, so for "Round 3" he did a black upper with mostly suede, but also some leather and hints of 3M. Similar to an artist signing his work, Peter darkened the 'P' of the 'ENCAP' on the midsole to mark his pair.

577SNE "Erik"

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Images from Complex.

Much like his "Round 1 and 2" colourways (577SNS1 and 577GPI), Erik pulled together something a lot more colourful. The shoe features a lime green, light blue, and navy blue suede upper, along with a purple mesh toe box. Similar to Peter's pair, he also went for the signature touch on the midsole, highlighting the 'E' from the other letters, and also doing the same to all the 'E's' on the tongue.

Make sure you check out this interview via Sneakerfreaker with Erik and Peter regarding the "Round 3" collaborations with New Balance.

 

2009

New Balance x Sneakersnstuff "RGB Pack"

This time, SNS teamed up with New Balance to produce this pack in celebration of their tenth anniversary after they first opened their doors in 1999. The pack duped the RGB Pack (red, green and blue - simply the three colours used to render colours in an electronic display), consisted of three different models; 577, 1500 and 1700 - red, green and blue, respectively.

This was the fourth collaboration with New Balance that Erik and Peter worked on, and if it wasn't already evident that they were the masters of materials, then this pack confirms it. The guys at SNS each worked on a shoe individually; Peter worked the 577, Johan the 1500 and Erik the 1700.

The three shoes were Made in England at the legendary Flimby factory, and all consist of the high-grade premium materials that were consistently used around this time. They also sport the very sought after 'original shape' if you must, which makes them just that little bit more delightful.

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The 577 is decked out red suede and leather, has a pigskin perforated suede toebox and some 3M flashes for good measure, and of course, represents the "red" of the "RGB Pack".

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The 1500 has some plush leather on the tongue, and a mainly suede upper in green and grey, with a deep white mesh toe box and some 3M piping, and represents the "green" of the "RGB Pack".

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The 1700 comes in a couple of shades of blue with some yellow, and features to the ripstop upper and faux nubuck but the man-made materials are completely vegan, so a perfect shoe if you're into that and/or appreciate the diversity. This pair represents the "blue" of the "RGB Pack".

Check out the below image from EU Kicks of the full New Balance x Sneakersnstuff "RGB Pack".

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2012

New Balance x Sneakersnstuff x Milkcrate Athletics

For Sneakersnstuff's fifth collaboration with New Balance, they revisited the 577, which they are particularly well known for using in their earlier collaborations, a favourite model of theirs indeed.  This time they partnered up with Aaron LaCrate of Milkcrate Athletics, and Baltimore meets Stockholm to produce two 577 make-ups.

The collaboration comes about through friendship and also a mutual love for footwear, and both sides agreed to have two separate colourways, one of which represented Milkcrate Athletics, and the other represents Sneakersnstuff Stockholm.

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The New Balance 577SN1 is "Easter egg-colourful" and if you were to hazard a guess, 99% of you would probably work out that this was the pair put together by Aaron of Milkcrate. Aaron's refreshing and vibrant personality and style shines through on this pair, decked out in pastel coloured suede, and some white perforated leather.

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Images from Sneakersnstuff.

The SNS side of the collaboration comes correct with a subtle grey colourway, very traditional of New Balance as a brand itself. Lush suede and white perforated leather is also used on this pair, mirroring the 577SN1 except for the colourway.

Check out the following video for the collaboration with a little insight into the relationship of Milkcrate and SNS, and also some details about the 577's.

http://vimeo.com/38786555

Gary Warnett of Crooked Tongues interviewed both Erik and Peter of Sneakersnstuff, and also Aaron of Milkcrate Athletics, ahead of the release of this shoe, so be sure to check it out here, as it makes for a very interesting read.

 

2014

New Balance CT300PSN x SNS "1999"

So, this collaboration with New Balance is a little bit different from all the previous ones, because instead of working on an archive running model, NB proposed the CT300, a Made in UK tennis shoe which was first released in 1979.

This collaboration would come as a part of a set of 4, alongside make-ups from hanon shop, Firmament and 24 Kilates. The CT300 features an extremely lightweight upper, which consists of closed mesh and suede overlays. It is also built with superior cushioning and the unique sole unit of polyurethane and encapsulated gum rubber provides great durability.

Diving into the archives and bringing back a piece of history seemed like a good opportunity for the SNS guys to revisit how their Stockholm store first looked in 1999. When the Stockholm store was first opened in 1999, the walls were painted grey, a colour more subtle than white, and one which would distract attention away from the products. The store wasn't exactly the largest space, so to make it feel bigger, the ceiling was painted white, and a burgundy border was added at the top of the walls. So that's the inspiration behind the colourway, and add in the premium materials, which are typical of the Flimby factory, and you have a great shoe.

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Image from Sneakernews.

Be sure to check out the below video for the New Balance CT300 collaborations.

http://vimeo.com/98823188

 

So the most recent New Balance CT300 collaboration rounds up the Sneakersnstuff collaboration set, but I'm sure that this isn't going to be the last with New Balance, maybe we'll even see them revisit the 577?

A lot of brands and stores try to bring out shoes that are inspired by a storyline, or some sort of inspiration, but excluding a couple, it's nice to see people just designing shoes based on what they like. Also, Round 1 to 3 are probably some of the strongest pairs of New Balance, and the way that Erik and Peter work independently on the uppers and then try to tie together the sole units works perfectly, and gives some amazing results.

Here's to more collaborations and success from the Sneakersnstuff team!

New Balance CT300 x SNS, Firmament, hanon, and 24 Kilates

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Following on from the previous post, with the launch of the New Balance CT300 pack of collaborations launching this Friday, here are some detailed pictures of the shoes, and also, all the details of where some of the stores took their inspiration when designing the colourways.

New Balance CT300PHA x Hanon Shop 'Phoenix'

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Hanon Shop's collaboration history with New Balance, and in celebration, they take a step away from their usual running models to work on one of New Balance's first tennis shoes.

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These will be available instore at Hanon Shop on the 27th of June from 10am, and available online at 2pm with a RRP of £105.

New Balance CT300 x 24 Kilates 'Vamos A La Playa'

The well known 24 Kilates store is based in Barcelona, Spain, so it's inevitable that some of their inspiration was taken from the stunning beach there, with elements such as the sand, the sea and the sun playing a part in the colourway.

The name 'Vamos A La Playa' is the Spainish translation for 'Let's go to the beach'.

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These shoes will release instore first at 24 Kilates on the 28th of June 2014.

New Balance CT300 x Firmament Berlin 'Pine Sunset'

Berlin based store Firmament may not be a store that many are familiar with, but they have certainly held their own with their take on the New Balance CT300.

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Firmament will be hosting a special in-store launch event this coming Friday, June 27th from 18:00 - 21:00, and the collection will be available in-store at the launch event, and online that following Saturday, June 28th.

New Balance CT300 x SNS '1999'

Heavy hitters SNS have just recently opened a store in London, but that hasn't slowed down their collaboration efforts. As you may or may not know, SNS have worked with New Balance many times over the years and have created some of the best collaborations to date. Here's a little piece of text taken from the SNS website.

"Yes, we have worked together before, New Balance and Sneakersnstuff. In fact, New Balance was one of the first brands to give us the possibility to do a collaboration. And there has been a few over the years. But this time New Balance gave us a new challenge.

New Balance CT300 was first released in 1979, and the timing of bringing back a Made in UK tennis shoe could not have better. And if New Balance can bring up good things form their history, we figured that so can we.

Longtime supporters of Sneakersnstuff recognize these colors immidiatly. When Erik and Peter open up the store in 1999 we painted the walls grey. White would have been to bright, and we wanted a color that didn't steal the attention from the products. The store was pretty small, so we painted the ceiling white to make the space feel bigger. Then we added a border of burgundy on the top of the walls because... well, because we liked it, and it was our store so we could do anything we wanted.

And as I said, we have worked with New Balance before, so we know that whatever product will come out of the Flimby factory, it will be on point. So we are very excited to present the Sneakersnstuff x New Balance CT300 ”1999”. It drops on June 27th and will be joined by version from our friends over at Hanon, 24 Kilates and Firmament.

Release date: June 27th Sneakersnstuff Stockholm: 12.00 CET Sneakersnstuff Malmö: 12.00 CET Sneakersnstuff London: 10.30 WET Online: 13.00 CET"

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All pictures taken from the respective stores websites.

New Balance CT300 x SNS, Firmament, hanon, and 24 Kilates.

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I think it's fair to say that many of us have been waiting for the Flimby section of New Balance to start working on collaborations with the European 'big hitters', so to speak. Not long ago the 'Danish Weather Pack' was released, where Norse Projects collaborated on two UK made 1500's, but both these shoes were a far cry from their 670 back in 2009.

Anyway, as news broke that New Balance would be collaborating with Sneakersnstuff, Firmament, hanon and 24 Kilates, there was a great deal of anticipation, only for that to maybe be ruined a bit when it was announced that it wouldn't be an ever popular running model, but instead, a tennis shoe.

Phrases like, "these colourways would look great on a 1500.. or a 577", alright, fair enough, but then what's the point in ruining a good colourway by using it on a model that is going to be bulky and banana-like? You have previous 577's and 1500's from SNS and hanon, and putting these colourways onto those models in 2014 would result in a shoe a million miles away from their past efforts.. that's something that I'm sure of.. at least until there is shape changes at Flimby - granted you may not be bothered about the shape.

However, if you're willing to look past the non-runner scenario, then the timing of the New Balance CT300 collaborations is perfect, with the grass court tennis season well underway and Wimbledon starting on the 23rd of June.

The CT300 was first released in 1979, and it was one of the first tennis shoes to be produced by New Balance, and one which offered a great deal of cushioning and durability on court. This classic court shoe is making a big return and all pairs are hand-crafted using only the most premius of materials at the Flimby factory.

Below you can check out a video produced for the release, which visits Aberdeen, Stockholm, Berlin and Barcelona, to talk about the shoes:

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From left to right, the shoes below to 24 Kilates, Firmament, hanon, and SNS, but just to make sure, I've taken some screenshots from the video and posted them below.

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Sneakersnstuff:

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24 Kilates:

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Each shoe is set to release at their respective stores on Friday the 27th of June, and then look for a wider release the following week, but these shoes have been produced in limited quantities so don't hesitate!

Keep an eye out for further information with regards to release details in the coming week as the stores get ready for their launch, but we hear the retail price will be around £105-£110.

 

 

Sneakersnstuff London - Opening Party

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Following the family & friends party the week prior, newcomers to London, Sneakersnstuff were to host another party, and this time it was open to all who were quick enough to get themselves on the guest list.

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Since 1999, Peter and Erik have been continually pushing forward and with the huge success of both their Swedish stores in Stockholm and Malmo, it's really no surprise why they're extremely well known across the 'sneaker world' and often dubbed as the 'king of collabs'.

Some may have been a little apprehensive with the opening of another store inside London, as there's already plenty of competition, but if the turnout for their opening weekend is anything to go by, then they'll fit just right in.

The SNS London store is based at 107-108 Shoreditch High Street, a great location, and the store itself is an extremely nice space.

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The 6th of June is the National Day of Sweden, and the perfect day for SNS London to host their Opening Party. The event was to be held at Oval Space in East London, which turned out to be an breathtaking venue, and big shout to a number of names (@anumberofnames) for setting up the event.

The event wouldn't of been as huge as success as it was if it wasn't for the great people who turned up, and also the incredible line up of artists performing... oh, and not forgetting the free bar!

In order of play on the night; Siobhan Bell [Work It], DJ Khalil [Livin' Proof], Wookie [Manchu Recordings], DJ Semtex and of course, the brilliant Pusha T for his massively anticipated set.

Here's to many more SNS events and to great success in London!

 

New Balance 1500SNS x SNS - 'RGB Pack'

I originally had the intention of using this blog to post what I was wearing on my feet that day, which is in fact what I'm technically doing, but I figured that if you are taking the time to check this page out then I may at least give you something else to read about. So, on that note, continuing on the 1500 trend, I was wearing the New Balance 1500SNS x SNS today, which is part of the RGB Pack released back in 2009.

The Swedish crew over at Sneakersnstuff Stockholm teamed up with New Balance to produce this pack in celebration of their tenth anniversary after they first opened their doors in 1999. The pack duped the RGB Pack (red, green and blue - simply the three colours used to render colours in an electronic display), consisted of three different models; 577, 1500 and 1700 - red, green and blue, respectively. Check out the below image from EU Kicks of the pack.

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This was the fourth collaboration with New Balance that Erik and Peter worked on, and if it wasn't already evident that they were the masters of materials, then this pack confirms it. The guys at SNS each worked on a shoe individually; Peter worked the 577, Johan the 1500 and Erik the 1700.

The three shoes were Made in England at the legendary Flimby factory, and all consist of the high-grade premium materials that were consistently used around this time. They also sport the very sought after 'original shape' if you must, which makes them just that little bit more delightful. I don't care for the 1700 much, mainly due to the ripstop upper and faux nubuck but the materials are all veggie apparently, so a perfect shoe if you're into that or appreciate the diversity.

However, I own both the 577 and 1500, and they are two stunning pairs. I'm sure that after this post, you'll agree with regards to the 1500 at least.

The 1500 is based around the green colour and features a mainly green, grey and white upper, with top quality pig-skin suede and mesh toe box. The inner lining also features the same mesh used on the toe box which is a nice change, and the shoe is finished off with a leather tongue hosting green embroidery, and everyone's favourite little touch of 3M reflective piping around the heel.

There's not really much else to say about the shoe, I've covered the collaboration history and outlined the materials, and I think the pictures speak for themselves. I'll maybe re-visit this again whenever I get around to wearing the 577, but until then, enjoy some shots of the 1500. DSC_0360 DSC_0364 DSC_0373 DSC_0379 DSC_0380 DSC_0382 DSC_0396

WOMFT - Adidas Stockholm x SNS

I've always had a bit of a thing for the Adidas Stockholm, it's undoubtedly by favourite model from the City Series, and when Sneakersnstuff Stockholm collaborated on this model, it was always going to be a great shoe. This collaboration was released back in 2009 and features a suede upper like no other (the knap is superb), and also asymmetrical blue and yellow three stripes, and everyone's favourite gum sole.

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