New Balance are celebrating the 35th anniversary of its UK factory, Flimby with a special edition ‘Flimby 35th Anniversary Pack’. In 1982 New Balance manufactured their first ever ‘Made in UK’ trainer and have been manufacturing footwear in Cumbria ever since. This rather classy collection consists of four ‘Made In UK’ trainers including its much loved 1500, the normcore 991, the vintagesque 770 and rarely used Epic Tr silhouette. All four trainers have been crafted using the finest materials available including premium nubuck and leather in a colour palette of light blue, navy, white and grey. The New Balance ‘Flimby 35th Anniversary Pack’ is launching online now.
The 1500 is one of New Balance’s most striking silhouettes; there’s quite a lot going on but the several overlays to the upper just works. Also for us, this colourway is probably one of the most wearable 1500’s to date.
Aside from the fact this is Larry David’s go-to shoe, what we love most is the fine detailing and overall retro aesthetic. You can’t get any more normcore than the 991.
The 770 is vintage in structure and shape but has been updated for the modern era. This almost fully tonal colourway looks great and we admire this shoe most for its’ sizeable ‘N’ logo embroidered to the side walls.
The Epic Tr silhouette has only been used a handful of times and is based on the “Epic” football boot New Balance used to create back in the day. If you’re after a slightly different, low-profile, white trainer then stop, you’ve found it.