Agenda Sneak Peek: New Balance Numeric FA’16 – Part 2

The Allston 617 - $75

The Allston 617 – $75

In Part 1 of this Sneak Peek, we looked at the Arto and PJ signature models as well as a couple team models that flex some serious muscle. In Part 2, one thing is certain: NB# didn’t mail it in for any of the shoes in their catalog. Each model has a boatload of features that increase their overall durability and performance, available only at your local skate retailer; all of it put together sounds like a recipe for warm fuzzies all around.

Let’s start with the Allston 617, a skate-adapted version of the popular 620 running shoe. Remember when it originally looked like this? This is a solid representation of the new wave of cupsole shoes in skateboarding – an adequate amount of padding and support, but without the excessive bulk or unnecessary weight. Made with a thick suede and ballistic mesh upper and an NDurance rubber outsole, the Allston will withstand a convoy of heavy sessions with ease. Comes in grey or burgundy suede/mesh.

Brighton 344 - $75

Brighton 344 – $75

Next is the popular Brighton 344, perhaps the cleanest silhouette to ever come from the Numeric brand. This shoe backs up its beauty with performance, as we’ve noticed how much of the team wears it out in the streets. Maybe it’s due to the durable (and internally reinforced) suede upper, or maybe the combination of polyurethane impact protection and an elastic gusseted tongue that give the Brighton a snug and supportive fit. Or maybe it’s those killer colorways – red/grey suede, black suede/NDure, and a heavenly white suede that has our team of nerds saying #lookathewhiteshoes.

For those who prefer a little more ankle support, the Brighton 354 is a high top version of the same shoe. It’s got all of the same features as the 344, but with a high abrasion leather upper and a gum sole. This is the kind of shoe that is hard to justify skating in because it looks so damn good. Luckily the $75 price tag makes getting a second pair within the realm of reason.

The NB# 598 - $80

The NB# 598 – $80

Moving on, we direct our attention to the 598. Yet another strong showing in the cupsole department with a multi-layered upper and a clean one-piece toe cap. The 598 defies cupsole tradition with its lightweight construction, providing a healthy amount of support without feeling like a brick has been sewn to your foot. Comes in black or white suede and retails at $80.

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Quincy 254 – $70

Lastly, we have the uber-simple Quincy 254. Easily claiming the title for NB#’s most low-profile offering, the Quincy sets a new bar for minimalistic vulc shoes. Gone are the days where we have to choose between durability and boardfeel thanks to the Quincy’s thick suede two-piece construction, internally reinforced toecap, and PU insert. Available in three colors to fit your style: steel (grey), dust, and black suede. If you’re in the market for a solid shoe with slimmed down features, you can snag these bad boys for just $70.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek. If you like what you’ve seen, make sure to hit up your local skateshop to grab a pair, because they are damn sure not available anywhere else.

Comments

  1. George

    June 27, 2016 7:49pm

    Can you guys try to do an agenda article for emerica or vans.

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    • Joel Weichbrodt

      June 28, 2016 6:03pm

      These are early sneak peaks. Agenda is coming this week. Plenty of coverage to come!

  2. Dustman

    June 28, 2016 4:57am

    Part 2 of Huf Agenda Sneak Peak?

    Reply
  3. Ethan

    June 28, 2016 10:38pm

    Thanks sharing this dudes.
    I sort of feel like there’s just one guy in the Numeric department who served many years in the Walking department but was getting a bit older and had a son who skated so instead of letting him go they asked him to take a pay cut and help Numeric because it’s not a big enough branch to hire an entirely new design staff – Which is how the Allston and the 598 came to be. The 598 reminds me of Etnies’ short-lived Aventa, and the Allston just doesn’t make sense to me as a skate shoe. Anyone else feeling similar feels? Quincy and Brighton look great, especially Quincy with his fun short-toe.

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    • Mayor Grimble

      June 30, 2016 3:12pm

      Haha that could very well be the case. Can’t say I necessarily disagree with NB#’s move to just skate-ify existing silhouettes. I mean, if you have a solid design and you can make it function on a board without having to mock up a whole new shoe, then go for it! The 598 and the Allston are definitely a departure from what our modern skate shoes look like, but they perform as well as or better than any shoe out on the market. They’re kinda like that shoe that you see in pictures and think, “Nah”, but then you see it in real life and you sorta want to cop them. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Deez

    June 29, 2016 1:08am

    Oh please, how long do you think that “only at skateshops” selling point is really going to last?

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    • Mayor Grimble

      June 30, 2016 3:05pm

      Great question. One would assume that an expanded line of shoes with advanced technology, along with a growing team and a steady flow of content would be a solid indicator that they’re doing pretty well. With that said, it could all be smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of success, but we like to think that skateboarding is good to those who treat it with respect.

  5. Dan

    June 29, 2016 6:01am

    Love em or hate em, i have a pair of the quincy’s and they are super durable.

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