As if you haven’t been anticipating our A.S.P. articles, we wanted to showcase one of the more silent brands in the world of skate footwear at the moment. It’s been a number of seasons since New Balance Numeric has found themselves under our lens and since then, we’ve been pondering about their whereabouts…
With their transition from Black Box finalized, the team over at NB# have now been able to take their best efforts and concentrate solely on what’s most important- making quality skate shoes. As with their regular brand of New Balance footwear, NB# has some very large shoes to fill in the skate world. Their integrity is intact in all other activities and something tells us that their Numeric program isn’t too far behind. Currently, they’ve recruited kickflip perfectionist, team member, and beach blonde Levi Brown as their TM to oversee everything that has to do with their team. Along with that, they’ve done their best to update certain styles and materials to make for a better and more consistent fit in comparison to their debuting quality/fit. Before their change in factories, you’d have to go at least a half size up, if not a full size up- but with Kelly Kikuta behind the design front, the fit looks to be more consistent and truer than ever before. We’ll have more information on that sizing aspects of all their models as their shoes begin to hit production later this year.
The Quincy 254 continues its heritage in the line as one of the better performing vulcanized models. As you can see from our featured image, Arto has a signature colorway in an off-white suede with some royal blue hits throughout. The overview colorways have more of an earth-tone feel to them but look just as strong. By now, you should know that we’re suckers for that All White Everything look. Also, we’re sure you can just bleach that blue trim off the foxing tape if need be ;).
If you haven’t been embracing NB#’s more technical side of skate shoes, there’s something wrong with you. The newly constructed Logan 637 appears to be one of the better models to get reacquainted with if you’re looking to give NB# another shot. From what we hear, the construction has been reinforced and the vamp is now reconstructed for a better fit and flick. Also, if you’re still not convinced to give their strongest model a chance, keep in mind that soon-to-be East Coast powerhouse, Jordan Trahan is consistently skating in these. If you’ve ever witnessed his power, you might have to credit the Logan’s a bit more than usual for being able to keep up with the beating that he sets in place.
Where Jordan has the Logan, Tom Karangelov’s go-to model is the Brighton High (and/or low). From what we hear, given Tom’s excellent taste in music, there might be a Joy Division inspired colorway in the works. No official collab, just an appreciation for incredible music. More over, the low versions are looking just as tasteful for Fall 2015. Including this classy looking brown model. The rest of the Brighton Low 344’s continue with the color pallet similar to more earth tones, but nothing beats a black/grey model.
We’re not done with NB#’s collection just yet. They have some brand new models appearing in part 2, so yeah, don’t miss out. What do you guys think of their updated selection? Is it for you?