Shoe Pick #3 – New Balance

Brand: New Balance
Grey / Silver / White & Blue / Grey / Black

The 1500’s are just stunning if you ask me. The design of the shoe, the amount of different pieces that are slotted together, they work perfectly for me. New Balance has a long and proud history in the production of athletic equipment, and their adaptation of this experience and technology really shows in their latest releases. The ‘Encap’ midsole, the simple curved heel, and the mesh & suede/leather upper come together to creat a really lovely piece of aesthetic design, complimenting the highly engineered ‘mechanics’ of this shoe.

I’ve selected two colourways I really dig on the 1500. The subtle leather & textile grey & white example shown above, and the brighter blue, grey & black alternative shown below; both look immense.

New Balance are coming out with some really sweet shoes, my pride and joy being my blue pair of 574 classics. The 1500 is taking their retro roots, and putting a modern spin on them. Expect to pay anywhere from £80-120 for a new pair of these. It may seem a lot, but New Balance is renowned for its build quality, so they’d no doubt be rocking it for many years to come.

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About Tom McCluskey

My name is Tom, and this is my blog! I'm 19 years of age, and just beginning my 2nd year of a BSc/BA Product Design degree at Bournemouth University, UK. Otherwise, I live at home in Romford, London (not Essex!) during the summer period. Design is something I'm taking ever more seriously in life. Starting my degree, hoping to explore a field I had dabbled in with GCSE Graphics at school, design has gradually become something of an obsession. Shoe/Trainer/Sneaker design is something that particularly interests and inspires me, I'm quite the "sneakerhead", and I plan on using this blog to showcase my journey through university, and beyond. When it comes to extracurricular activities, I'm a big fan of sports, football and badminton in particular. West Ham United are my team, and you'd struggle to find a more passionate fan. Just ask my girlfriend, I was absolutely delirious when we won the play off's final against Blackpool earlier this year, COYI! Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I've got to showcase here in my blog, thanks for dropping by. Tom.
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