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.
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.
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.
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.