Due to the recent string of sterling weather I have already been able to un-DS them and what a day that was! If passer-byers had time to stop and have a closer look im sure they would have complimented on the exceptional use of materials or if they weren’t a trainer enthusiast (which in glasgow they probably weren’t) then they might rave about the unusual and subtly perfect shade of green they are. Or maybe they wouldn’t say anything at all and i’m just a lonely man in love… Whatever the case, i’m a happy man.
As I have been on the hunt for quite the period of time for these at the right price I would have happily settled for a used condition pair but it seems my luck was in as I managed to score a brand new pair with OG box and all for an even luckier price.
This pair were influenced by the notorious mowabb colourway which we, over the years have seen a number of re-enactments. Not many of those as well adapted as these (although my biased airmax views may be clouding things). The quality of the different leathers is reflective of the premium label circa 2008 and the little additions are what make this shoe such a high scorer in my books, namely the translucent imaged sole or the ‘king of the mountain’ stitching on the heel. Pink isn’t everyones cup of tea however and these won’t be easy to maintain. I look forward to un-DS’ing them this summer.
We have all been known to sit on NikeID for hours chopping and changing our favourite silhouettes to then exit the site and forget all about them. Most of the time if we actually went through with it we would be over the moon- or rather behind it…
There are a number of scare stories about ID options where materials or colours don’t quite match up to what we had seen before. That along with the relatively high price and the potential six week wait I guess is enough to put most off.
This time I really did spend hours making sure that these were infact the one’s for me. I asked for a few opinions despite ordering the opposite of that they said. The most important opinion agreed with me that day anyway so I was happy. I had an almost expired Nike voucher too so it would have been rude not to and my final push was an assumption no one would really be making ID’s and my waiting period wouldn’t be long (I can’t actually recall why I thought this). A fairly simple assumption most would think but they were with me in three weeks. From the last click to first flick.
The shape of the shoe is fantastic and the no-sew mud-guard is very hyperfuse-esk. There was even chat that these would be the new independence days. Turns out they’re just american military inspired hence the insole flag.
I have yet to try on any of the patches and doubt I will if i’m being honest. The shoe, in my opinion looks best as is and the velcro on the patches doesn’t even seem strong.
I am very pleased with the trainers although this has to be my most hated release so far. I know a large number of people who genuinely wanted them but didn’t get the chance due to the mass amount of resellers. My anger was further escalated when I went on Klekt. Every size… Every colour… Double the price. Disgusting.
The washed out leather is a unique look that we don’t actually see too often. It also means I wont be afraid to give them a good wear. Despite their age they are in a fantastic condition. The rest of the leather is great along with OG laces and arch supports. My favourite detail has to be the corduroy (could be a substitute although I don’t think it is) very patta corduroy-esk and I can’t wait to rock them with my corduroy trousers. Blast from the past!
This first pair of Hamburgs for me see’s my Adidas collection continue to rise. The colourway really caught my eye whenever I seen them in some random high-street shop and after a couple of days of deliberating the worthiness of a general release I decided I would infact get them. No where that sold them done half sizes tho which was disappointing however luckily the Adidas website did and even luckier I had another email address to sign up to Adidas with and got 15% off with free delivery.
Simple, effective and as always- nice to get a new pair that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Even I was skeptical upon ordering them. The delivery period was a tense time But, i’m all about giving things a chance.
When they arrived my already good day was made. The quality of materials, in particular the super soft suede are fantastic. The 3M is flawless and perfectly placed- when not illuminated the trainer looks like two harmonistic greys atop of each other. The two additional sets of rope laces is a nice touch too.
Regardless of my biased opinion I have actually spoken to a few others who made took the chance with these and a general underestimated opinion was common.
It’s safe to say anyone who didn’t sleep on these is a happy customer.
It’s not too late for you either…
I’m unsure if a recent lack of time contributed to the fact I barely knew anything about these 1500’s dropping but luckily at the time of discovery there were a good few left. With general releases today, especially purchasing them online we take such a gamble. Due to a large number of reasons, the quality of our favourite brands has been known to vary. Glue stains, defects in patterns or colour and generally poor craftsmanship have more recently haunted our dreams when it comes to GR’s.
These, however upon delivery did not disappoint. I was blessed with a perfect shoe that has become my favourite GR in a while with regards to quality of production. The additional fact that Red is my favourite colour may have also contributed…
If you are familiar with Solebox then you will most likely be familiar with the New Balance 1500 ‘Finals’ which dropped back in 2009. These green finals are 1 of 2 released colourways although only limited numbers of the maroon were released in store. Good news for us green enthusiasts…
The shape is what initially fueled me to journey onwards and obtain these. They taper perfectly to an almost point and the accused ‘basic’ colourway works for me. Unlike Ronnie’s famous block coloured toe boxes that we see even on general releases we don’t see many with block coloured heels. A small, and in some eyes a pointless addition but its the small things that each of us relate to differently that make them a justifiable purchase and unique to us.
Believe it or not these were infact my next pick up after the Atmos safari’s. Economically, not what I was hoping for but when something like this comes up under the circumstances it does you don’t have long to deliberate.
It was actually a friend of mine who I had done business with before who had decided to part with his and for a very fair price too. The uppers are in great condition as are the soles but could maybe do with quick fresh white coat. I did however rock them on an unforgiving day which resulted in a substantial blob of mud on the grey suede toe-box. I am currently working towards saving their lives.
On a more religious side, we have our grails- Our mythical top 3 (5 for the greedy f***ers) that since laying eyes upon them have been with you ever since. Most of the time these were released back when I was still sucking on the proverbial teet of adolescence and had no means of income or they were only released in some underground/ cross country pop-up or fashion event. Others may just have been worn by Kanye West and then all bought up by bots and sold for double the price. Never the less- everyone has their own opinion which relates to taste and a grail is grail, regardless of how deep in your pocket you had to/ didn’t have to go.
In rambling I have been trying to share with you my relatively recent grail procurement. Some time before christmas I managed to grab myself a pair of Nike x Atmos- air max safari’s. A trainer that has been in my top three since the beginning. I was lucky enough to get them for a substantially lower amount than they normally go for- the uppers are in a good condition and the air air bubble is cloudy. However, due to the circumstances of this particular pair I guess I wasn’t frightened of wearing them and most recently one of the soles has started to crumble and I will at some point need to perform a sole swap (if you have any suitable soles going then please get in touch- UK10). I am however not too bothered as the uppers is still looking good and I will be able to continue rocking them until the sole falls off.
About the trainers tho… Atmos collaborated with Nike back in 2002 to create these. They boast a number of different materials namely two different types of suede. The widely adored mini swoosh along with another on the heel- similar to the atmos ‘viotech’s’ also feature. All in these are a very well designed and put together pair that we won’t be seeing much of soon as they come towards their 15th birthday. Truly, one of the best in my opinion.