As one of the most anticipated lines of the year, consumers are curious as ever to see NB# ongoing commitment to skateboarding. Their debut line should be hitting select skate shops this week to skaters that are uninterested but curious or for those that need no convincing.
This years line looks just as diverse at their first series with the addition of rich yet subtle colorways. All of the following models will stick out on their own without distracting you too much from landing tricks.
It doesn’t get any simpler than the Quincy 254. This straightforward vulcanized shoe is ideal for anyone looking to slip-on shoes & go skate, right out the box. We’ve seen Arto countless time with this shoe so with his approval & blessing, we don’t need any convincing that the Quincy is a functional & potentially lasting vulc skate shoe.
The series of Brighton shoes (above) are coming in both a low and a high model. They’re both equally accommodating for whatever your needs are. As the only model featuring ankle protection & stability, the Brighton High 354 is your simplified high-top with the same technology as the initial Brighton 344. They both feature an elastic gusseted tongue that’ll give you a snug fit and in the process, keep your tongue centered at all times.
If our predictions can foresee anything, it’s that the Stratford 479 will be NB#’s most popular shoe. It’s not just because of PJ’s incredible skating either (well, that doesn’t hurt though). It’s the combination of PJ sporting these consistently and it’s fair price tag that keep us thinking that the Stratford will likely bring nothing but good things for NB#. Also, it’s not a bad looking shoe. Probably one of the better looking cupsoles we’ve seen in a while.
Seeing as how we’ve experience the incredible REVlite technology within New Balance’s running shoes, we can only assume that the Logan 637 will seriously be perfect for skateboarding. As one of two models featuring REVlite, the Logan’s use of this high rebound foam compound gives you the responsiveness & cushioning of a foam that’s 30% heavier than it’s weight. Obviously, this makes for an ideal shoe for drops, stairs, gaps, etc… but we’re sure that this cushy compound can’t hurt anyone looking to skate a couple of ledges and flatground. Our only concern is that consumers will be scared off by it’s $95 price tag without knowing it’s degree of durability. The Logan definitely merits a review, in order to see if it holds up to ours & your standards.
This is not all of what NB# has to offer. There are 2 new models due for 2014 that couldn’t be shot by our camera but this won’t stop us from telling you a couple of things about them. One of them is a cupsole, the other a vulcanized shoe. The vulc shoe looks as though it’s heavily inspired by the eS Koston 1. It has similar lines that’ll remind you of it’s design while drawing characteristics from other NB staples.
The cupsole is said to be inspired by the New Balance 620 running shoe. It’s the other model, like the Logan 637, that’ll have REVlite technology in it’s midsole. The paneling on the toe is reminiscent of a rubber toe cap and has a mesh underlying layer. It’s definitely one of the models that caught our eye, with it’s interesting colorways and design.
Out of all these shoes, what model are you looking forward to trying the most? And which one is the best looking?