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KOTW: New Balance MT580 Grey

26 Aug

It should come as a surprise to no one that we here at The N. Period are big fans of New Balance (now if we could only convince them to add a small punctuation mark to their logo), so without further adieu we introduce this clean grey-on-grey colorway that NB uses for the MT580 shoe — our current featured Kick of the Week. Originally released as a trail shoe by the Japanese company Mita in the 1990s, the 580 has seen many special editions in the Land of the Rising Sun due to its simple, elegant design and solid build.  Special projects by Stussy, UNDFTD and realmad HECTIC are among the successful MT580 spin-offs released in Japan, but we remain partial to these grey beauts, which we will now dub either the “Elephants” or the “Rhinos.” Let us know which name you prefer. Oh yeah, and did we mention that these are ready for North American consumption? Well, they are, available at Zappo’s for a cool $90. More images after the jump. [via Nice Kicks.]

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KOTW: Pigeon New Balance 575

4 Aug

Sneakerheads in the know will remember all the fuss caused by the Pigeon Dunks a few years back, whose worldwide run of 150 pairs nearly caused a riot in NYC when they were released on February 22, 2005.  This naturally led to a number of fakes as people everywhere paid up to $3,000 for the chance to sport that sick grey and orange (pink?) colorway. Well now that same fresh aura, designed by original Pigeon craftsman Jeff Staple, has been transplanted onto the New Balance 575 and the results are admittedly head-turning.  This release will be slightly easier to get your hands on (144 pairs per region, 800 global distribution).  Sneaker Freaker exclusive. Check here for an interview with Jeff Staple about the Pigeon NB 575.  More photos after the jump. [via Sneaker Freaker.]

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