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A lot of value for money when compared to other trainers in that same price range…

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Earlier this month the good folks over at New Balance dropped their themed limited edition ‘Real Ale’ pack that featured three models, each was named after a fictional beer. The pack featured three models – the 576 ‘Ye Old Flimby Prime’, the 1500 ‘The Cumbrian Red’ and the CT300 ‘Chicken Foot IPA’. This pack is somewhat of a continuation of their ‘Pub Pack’ from five years ago and the inspiration was drawn from popular types of British real ale. This week we’re taking a look at the New Balance 1500 from the themed footwear pack.

Packaging

As with most of the ‘Made in England’ drops, this pair comes in your standard branded brown box packaging. This box features your New Balance logos on the outside, while on the inside of the lid features the brands brief story of how they created their name. Other then this you get your standard paper and a ‘Cumbrian Red plastic motif much like the kind you find on the counter pumps in a pub which is a nice touch.

First Impressions

I’ve always said that New Balance are always on point when it comes to creating themes around some of their releases, see the ‘C Note’ and the ‘Encyclopaedia’ if you doubt this statement. So when I initially heard about this drop I had no doubt that they would serve up something special. The quality finish on these are top notch, the construction is high quality, the craftsmanship is all on point, there is no glue, no extra threading, but again we weren’t expecting anything less to come out of their Cumbria factory. Overall I’m impressed.

The Details

The upper has been crafted out of a butter soft burgundy pig skin suede, while the toe box gets the perforated treatment this leather is so lush that if you brush your finger side to side across the fabric it almost changes colour. The 1500 also get hits of navy leather across the upper, while the sock liner features white towing that is meant to represent the heads on beers. Standard branding is featured on this pair as well as embroidered union jack on the heel. The innersole features the ‘Cumbrian Red’ themed image and the words ‘Brewed in England’ appear on the tongue label. As always you get the 1500 Encap midsole which gets finished off with an all black outsole. I do wish that New Balance would of at least provided an extra set of Navy laces with the 1500’s though.

Final Thoughts

New Balance has always been one of those brands that gives you so much bang for your buck its unreal and this drop is no exception, great quality, great build and great comfort for your feet, besides this retro runner is a strong fan favourite amongst sneaker heads across the globe so it was hard to go wrong on this drop anyway.

Heat rating

My heat rating for these are is a strong 4 out of 5, their was a handful of missed opportunities that New Balance could of capitalised on and frankly I would’ve preferred extra laces rather then the plastic motif. Otherwise it’s a stellar effort and one of my three top New Balance drops of the year and for the £130 price tag your getting a lot of value for money in comparison to other drops in that same price range. What do you guys think hit that vote button!

 

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