New Balance’s Epic TR Is A Perfect Crossover Skate Shoe


New Balance has finally released a full photo of the shoe they’ve been teasing lately. After several photos alluding to different features, the mysterious shoe appears to be a skate-ready version of their Epic TR model. Made in England, the Epic TR is based on the ’90s New Balance Epic football (soccer) boot, but geared towards casual wear.

This red and gum colorway is a collaboration between NB# and UK’s Lost Art skate shop. If you’re outside of the UK, don’t set expectations too high, as these shoes will only be available in Liverpool, England in limited quantities on Dec. 3rd.

Football/soccer-inspired footwear has always maintained a functional relationship with skateboarding, and the popularity of Nike and adidas models over the last few years have us curious if enough interest might bring the Epic TR to a skate budget-friendly release. A good amount of support came quickly via various social media platforms and despite a high price tag ($159.99) on the New Balance website, the premium materials, and classic design may be beneficial to consider on both the consumer and production ends.

The only question to ask now is: would you skate these?


  1. dundermifflin

    December 2, 2016 7:37pm

    will a normal version of these be sold in north america?

  2. John Doe

    December 3, 2016 12:53am

    Kinda looks like the Adida Busenitz

  3. colecash

    December 5, 2016 3:06am

    Yep doesn’t “kinda” look like the Busenitz, Looks a lot like the Busenitz

  4. tae

    December 5, 2016 6:23pm

    Well the Adidas Busenitz has already beat you to the punch NB lol.

  5. tomisrad

    December 7, 2016 10:44pm

    I think a Made in USA might fly as a gimmick, but where the only soccer style shoe to have lasted is the Busenitz. Nike and HUF both had their models pulled awhile ago. I would skate em, but not really my style

  6. Chris G

    December 8, 2016 2:32am

    I’ll pass on this shoe all together

  7. Rob

    December 12, 2016 5:27pm

    Sick shoes ive been riding for years now. They look a little different, have three stripes, have some german name on the side.

  8. Marty Jannetty

    December 15, 2016 2:32am

    They stopped exclusively selling to skate shops, not that this generation of skater cares about that anything that takes thought. Fuck the Adidas douchenitz. Y’all are marks.


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