Agenda Sneak Peek: NB# Fall ’15 – Part 1

    An Arto Saari approved Quincy 254, with his Finnish mementos/details to boast.

An Arto Saari approved Quincy 254, with his Finnish mementos/details to boast. $65

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 ;).

NB#'s most durable model, the Logan 637 is back for Fall'15.

NB#’s most durable model, the Logan 637 is back for Fall’15. $95

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.

Ankle protection and boardfeel combined to bring you a great vulcanized model, the Brighton High 354 - in Navy & Black.

Ankle protection and boardfeel combined to bring you a great vulcanized model, the Brighton High 354 – in Navy & Black for 2015. $80

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?

Comments

  1. Andrew

    January 27, 2015 12:57pm

    I’ll be the first to admit, the Logan 637 model is visually appealing, but I still can’t get behind New Balance. For me, it’s almost a sin to support non core companies. I used to buy whatever looked cool, but with a lot of the core companies either struggling or going under, I just can’t put my money toward a company that, #1 doesn’t need the money, and #2. only makes skate shoes because it’s profitable. I’m looking forward to see what SoleTech, Fallen, and Dekline has to offer.

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    • kyle

      January 27, 2015 4:36pm

      andrew, i have to agree with you there. However, (i havnt bought any NB’s and likely wont unless my shop carries them) if i were to go for a non-core company it would be new balance. here’s why, all new balance are made in america. even the giant plastic white dad shoes are. second, by nature of design and them being new balance they look a lot more pleasing to the eye. they are way more classic and simplistic. compare that to glow in the dark nikes or space ship supra’s.
      For profit, yes but so is every other “core brand”. thats why emerica is in business is to make skate shoes. why else would sole-tech need 3 different brands of shoes. i think NB has good intentions – in my opion but i still havnt bought any

    • moon

      January 27, 2015 5:16pm

      Totally agreed. Besides I can’t stand that “N”

    • That guy

      January 27, 2015 5:34pm

      Actually, only 40% of New Balance shoes are made in America.
      Although I have never got a good look at the NB# line, but I don’t think any of them are made in America as the models that are have “Made in U.S.A.” written somewhere on the upper.

    • Tyler Dombrowski

      January 29, 2015 11:28pm

      Ya know man, I’ll skate anything that I think is legit and will perform well regardless of the brand… however, it’s easier to feel a little more like an OG skater with some classic Accels, or old school Trooper’s on your feet, right? I mean, part of me has got to give kudos to the core companies coming up with all these unique designs (which has tailed off since the plague of simpleton ass, your-feet-will-die vulcs) that inspire these other companies to copy them. Besides, it gives one inspiration to skate shoes that you know were absolutely loved by Tom Penny, Arto, Koston, PJ Ladd etc…

  2. jeff

    January 27, 2015 9:16pm

    The Blackbox version of the Stratford is already the best shoe I’ve skated. It’ll be interesting to see if all of the “improvements” result in a shoe that skates as good.

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  3. William Kurtz

    January 27, 2015 9:47pm

    The Brighton highs look great. I missed the boat on the all black highs, but I’m hoping New Balance will have something to offer soon. Or just a solid black and white color way.

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    • Kyle too (2)

      January 27, 2015 11:50pm

      I’m not all about them but they do look 1000% better than anything that Filiment, DC, DVS, Supra and let’s be honest 95% of Nike Athletitcs have to offer. And over all a pretty tight team line up. No kooks. And unlike Nike, supra, emerica and endless others, I don’t see a lot of “lifestyle” that you have to buy into to rock the shoes, know what I mean? These are skateboard shoes. Plain and simple

  4. dan

    January 28, 2015 9:02am

    The old quincy’s are super comfortable. looking forward to NB stuff

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  5. TheyLookLikeVans

    January 28, 2015 4:22pm

    Arto’s shoes look like vans with and “N” on the side. Those design meeting to ‘dream’ these things up must be so boring. Bet they basically just cruise the Vans site or look down at their chukka lows.

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  6. allaner

    February 6, 2015 9:23pm

    Where’s the New Balance Pro Court? the one with the rubber toe? Im sure people will look for that, just like the Nike All Court

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  7. Hyun

    March 5, 2015 2:08am

    i hope that NB# puts out a stronger vulc, im sure the brighton skates great but the design looks so generic and the construction looks all flimsy

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