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Sneakers August, 10 2012

Hanon x New Balance M1500HF “Chosen Few”

Once again Hanon and New Balance have teamed up, presenting a new sneaker collaboration for Fall 2012. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Flimby factory of New Balance, Hanon has worked this time on the classic 1500 running shoe. The project has the theme “Chosen Few”.

This latest release revisits our Northern Sole themed project from 2006 and pays homage to 30 years of Flimby – the legendary New Balance factory based at Cumbria in the north of England.

Since 2004 we have worked on a number of projects with New Balance – collaborating on some of our favourite archive running shoes from the back catalogue. Each model is constructed with the finest leathers and synthetic materials sourced from both Europe and the USA, and manufactured at Flimby where all footwear is still to this day made and crafted chiefly by hand.

For this collaboration we reworked the M1500 running shoe, a 1989 release and New Balance icon. Our feeling is that you can’t go far wrong with a navy or grey execution when it concerns New Balance. For this release the approach was to create the look and feel of a long lost back catalogue colourway.

Inspired by Flimby classics such as the M576 and M577, the M1500CHF features a mix of premium navy and grey suedes, as well as archive mesh and synthetic fabrics. The upper is constructed with a pig suede saddle, bovine heel and tip overlays offset by a teal green mesh apron, cobalt blue felted collar and tongue backer and finished with a single needle white embroidered N with additional cobalt accents.

The Hanon x New Balance M1500HF sneaker will officially release on August 31st, 2012.

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