Bit of a double whammy here from the UK’s finest trainer-istas New Balance. In the form of two limited edition collections made to commemorate their 30 years of domestic production at their factory up in Flimby, Cumbria. The first collection is a trio of high quality trainers named’ The 576 Cutting Room Pack’ each of which are named after three of their long-standing employees and reflecting each of their individual attributes. The ‘Roy Bell’ 576 is made from pigskin, while the ‘Billy Edgar’ uses nubuck to create a classic retro look, and top of the range leather makes up the ‘Andy Mandle.’ Though the pigskin shoe looks equally as great as the other two I can’t help but think Roy got the raw end of the deal there or maybe he just loves bacon butties.
As if this wasn’t enough NB have also released their most luxurious 577 collection to date by way of another ‘Farmers’ Market’ collection, also in celebration of their 30 years of sterling sneaker work. Combining the influence of both the farmer and his livestock, these two models in dark blue and dark olive are crafted entirely from locally sourced materials. Featuring waxed/vintage suede and canvas uppers with sheepskin used to create a plush insole and yellow ear tags to complete the rural theme.
Available from the below retailers with an RRP of £120:
End clothing – www.endclothing.co.uk
Hanon – www.hanon-shop.co.uk
Foot patrol – www.footpartol.co.uk
Crooked Tongues – www.crookedtongues.com