New Balance 1500 (purple/white & red/white)
One key characteristic that keeps New Balance separate from other footwear brands is their numbering system to differentiate styles and is based on the brands viewpoint that no trainer is the same. This philosophy has pretty much remained the same since New Balance was established back in 1906. To keep it simple, the higher the number, the more technically advance and premium the shoe.
Produced as part of New Balance's flagship running shoe series during the 1980's running boom, the 1500 followed on from the already popular 1300 and 1400 silhouettes, it took 3 years to design and was described by New Balance as the 'closest thing yet to the perfect running shoe' when it released in 1989.
The 1500 has always fallen under New Balance's 'Made In England' banner and these latest editions are hand constructed by 220 skilled staff at New Balance's and Great Britain's only remaining domestic trainer factory in Flimby, West Cumbria, England.
Back in '89 it broke new ground in the UK when it became the first trainer to exceed the £100 mark. Thankfully, however, in a world where everything seems to cost more than it used to, these modern day incarnations, which will be available from size? online next Wednesday (31st August), will only set you back £85. Not bad considering!