For those of you who tried NB# initial release of footwear, you were pleasantly surprised by a tightly fitting shoe when ordering your true size. Most were infuriated and it could’ve easily tanked any other brand with the growing pains that NB# had. Luckily, with the care, concern, and feedback that NB# received from consumers, they were forced back to the drawing board to fix the most essential part of footwear- a proper fit. Read More
We leave off from part 1 with a slew of newer models debuting from New Balance Numeric. Notably, all cupsole models. Considering that they left off with models that are now staples in their catalog, you can rest assure that NB# is bringing out newer models to continue their appeal and commitment to their skate program. Everything from new team models and NB#’s first pro model skate shoe- with a twist… Read More
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… Read More
For those who haven’t noticed, NB# has been undergoing some reconstruction of sorts and it’s all for the better. Since departing from Black Box Distribution, they’re currently working towards a new direction, team models and pro models.
While they didn’t have a booth at the last Agenda in LBC, some of their representatives were sporting this mysterious model featured above. Could this be what NB# designers are cooking up? Since their inception into the skate footwear game, many have scolded New Balance Numeric for not designing the obvious i.e. redesigning their popular commercial models into skate-ready models for us to enjoy. We have nothing against their current selection of footwear but we’d be lying if we didn’t say we side with the majority. In fact, if this 576 colorway was on a simple cupsole construction, we’d be all over it and so would you.
If this nameless model is currently being
constructed perfected, something tells us that their mesh paneling will be reinforced enough to handle the abrasion from any and all of your kickflips. Hopefully this skate-able 574 gets produced and if so, please NB#, make it in this colorway. K? Thx. <3.
Ripped Laces cannot be held accountable for jinxing anything, but it seems like Mother Nature has finally brought us the warmer weather we’ve been craving. And although this east coast rain is a bitch, Austyn Gillette is good role model of how #teamhandsome deals with rain. Don’t ever let torrential downpours stop you from skating effortlessly in a slippery concrete park…
So, now that you’re ready to skate under sun until you can’t feel your legs, what are some more shoes we can’t help but recommend?
Lakai: Ever since Lakai’s manufacturing shift, the quality of their product has increased ten fold, and their Spring 2014 line follows suit. Like always we like to start off with a vulc, and our top choice is easily the Lakai Alvarez pro model. The shoe can certainly take a beating especially with its raised foxing tape, and it sturdy beyond belief thanks to that Griffin outsole. If you’ve seen our joint review with Homage, then keep in mind that this is one of the heavier vulc shoes on the market. What’s the benefit of this? You’re feet wont be aching after a long sesh–these shoes will protect your feet at all costs.
On the cupsole side of things, the BB4, Brandon Biebel’s newest pro model may be the best choice for ya. He’s finally kissed goodbye paneled toe caps, which, while classic, are hard to make well/sell well. The new BB4 has a sleek silhouette and a shit ton of technology packed into it. Tons of ventilation, XLK outsole, and poron underneath the insole (A material used in high impact sports such as Hockey). It’s light, durable, and good looking. Be wary, if you slip these bad boys on, you may feel obligated to start working out daily and smoking absurd amounts of weed.
***Disclaimer – you will never be able to have Biebel’s muscle mass while still being able to skate. He is a phenomena*** Read More