Arto Saari for New Balance Numeric

Backside Smith grind.

Backside Smith grind.

It’s still uncertain as to whether Arto Saari is going to be head of photography for New Balance Numeric or continue to shred in them for a check; either way we’re glad. Arto’s been found a number of times this year behind the lens but has shown no signs of retiring quite yet. Obviously our dreams of having him reemerge onto the Etnies roster fell through but we’re not too heartbroken over it considering we’ve been seeing more of him since his epicly later’d series. As that series unfolded, every skateboarder wondered if he was going to continue pursuing skating as a professional. With all his recent coverage, behind and in front of the lens, the future looks promising for fans (aka everyone) of Arto footage.

In the ad above, it’s definitely confirmed that Arto is skating the Logan 637, otherwise known as NB#’s most technical cupsole. Our expectations for the Logan are the same as what we expected from the DC Mike Mo considering their similarities in material but the Logan is still going through certain modifications and could reemerge even better than we last saw it. The Quincy 254 is the cheapest offering from NB# and Arto was recently found wearing those as well (below). We can only assume that if Arto has been found wearing practically the entire NB# catalog, then it looks promising for the brand that everyone is still on the fence about. The shoes look to be made with the utmost comfort in mind and if given a chance, could cause a huge hiccup within the competitive skate shoe market.

The Quincy 254 are vulcanized but appear to be more comfortable than initially thought. Here's Arto snapping away in them.

The Quincy 254 are vulcanized but appear to be more comfortable than initially thought. Here’s Arto snapping away in them.

As more pro’s and am’s appear to be wearing the NB# footwear, we’re desperately waiting to hear the next announcement to their already impressive team. If we had any recommendations, it would be of some of our favorites like Rodrigo TX considering he’s still in Adidas limbo with another choice of ours, Enrique Lorenzo. We bet Etcetera insoles would look good within a pair of NB#’s with the addition of Ronnie Creager but we digress for now.

The Stratford 479 model will probably be everyone’s “I’ll give NB#’s a try” model. It’s price point is at an average $85 and was recently torn to shreds by PJ Ladd. Although the hours of how long PJ skated the Stratford 479 hasn’t surfaced, we all know PJ is no stranger to skating shoes until they’re absolutely done. As you might’ve guess, Arto’s been wearing them too while taking care of his photography duties for the potential NB#’s look book.

We’ll keep an eye out as more pro announcements surface and let you know what’s to come when we review a pair of New Balance Numerics.

Arto spotted in the asphalt grey/white Stratford 479.

Arto spotted in the asphalt grey/white Stratford 479.


  1. Anthony G

    March 16, 2013 8:41pm

    Hyped on this news! They gotta pick up Levi next!

  2. Alex K

    March 18, 2013 2:14am

    Is that ad for real? Looks like complete shit. I love Arto, but the layout and photo aren’t so hot. Amateur as fuck.

  3. Chicye

    March 18, 2013 3:56am

    Dylan… Now I think he is joining NB

  4. Tom Hoffman

    March 18, 2013 1:29pm

    If they come in 4E, I’m down.

  5. shred

    March 18, 2013 8:23pm

    The future of skateboarding shoe endorsements is scary. Soon, if you’re not good enough for Nike, Adidas, Cons or NB# you’ll be marginalized into the B-Leagues. If you are flowed by one of the giants, drop a part and don’t get elevated onto the legit team, thats a sign of the end (like Ronson Lambert in the Transworld video and Plan B).

  6. Dragos

    March 18, 2013 8:45pm

    Arto, PJ and Bastien should be next!

    • Chicye

      March 19, 2013 7:57am

      I think Dylan is the next

    • Colfer

      March 25, 2013 11:47pm

      eh i cant see dylan going to new balance but crazier things have happened. i think vans maybe even huf a possibility. well have to wait and see after hes done skating the 100s of pairs of gravis’s he probably has left lol

  7. mark

    March 19, 2013 8:14pm

    Anyone could make a better ad than that in MS Paint

  8. rith

    October 15, 2013 5:55pm

    Is that guy in the jean shorts popping a boner?


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