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It’s very rare that I have to question the drops that New Balance deliver to the masses and this one is no exception

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This month New Balance dropped their 580 Elite Solarized runner, a general release triple pack that draw their colour palletes from the highly saturated colours of the motion picture industry’s Technicolor movement. As for the 580 the  model originally debuted as an urban trail shoe in 1996 and now celebrating it’s 20th anniversary the crep is slated to to get a lot of shine, seeing as it’s a firm favourite amongst sneakerheads. The surprisingly light weight runner boasts the innovative REVlite midsole which provides premium responsiveness and durability at a 30% lighter weight than other and general comfort all round. For this review we’re taking a look at the black and yellow pair from the pack.

Packaging

Seeing as this is a general release from brand NB, we get a standard blue white and red branded box that features the iconic N on the side of the box. The label lists the style code as MRT580UG as well as sizing information. Other then that theres nothing else special about the box.

First Impressions

Personally I have never owned a pair of 580’s before, my main go to models has always been the 576, 574 and 1500. However time has gone by and the slew of dope 580 release such as the Wings & Horns, and the Mita x SBTG gave me an appreciation for the silhouette that held on to the nostalgia of the previous models and pushed it in to the future. Soon as you break them out of the box the brands stellar quality control shines yet again and the striking heel colours really make this crep stand out.

The Details

This release gets the all black Suede/mesh treatment on the uppers, while the heel and midsole receive hits of neon yellow neon accents that matches up so well and really pop on the neutral backdrop. The extra nice touch on this release is the glow in the dark accents on the outsole and the N logo’s. Other branding comes on the heel where the brand name features in that striking neon yellow as well as the tongue tab and the inners sole As for the quality of this release, the nubuck is not as plush as some of the other New Balance releases that we’ve seen in recent times but it is by no means sub par.

Final Thoughts

Speaking as a trainer enthusiast, it’s been very rare that I have to question the drops that New Balance serve up to the masses and this one is no exception. In my humble opinion if this was a collaboration with your run of the mill sneaker boutique these would have sold out on release day, but this goes to show that as always brand NB can still drop dope releases to the masses without any hype around it.

Heat Rating

My heat rating for this release is a very strong 4 1/2 out of 5. While the neon yellow might be too strong for palate’s of some, it does makes the runner stand out while still remaining neutral on the to box and uppers. You get good quality, uber comfort, a lightweight feel all for a £95 price tag. It’s most definitely a no brainer in regards to value for money and the glow in the dark feature really pop’s when the lights go off making this trainer feel like it should be something more then just a GR. Sleep on this one at your own peril!


 

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