New Balance Numeric Q1 2022
Following on from their recent Australia-based ‘GAZETTE’ edit featuring the likes of Jack Peterson, Sean Ryan and Cody Riley, New Balance Numeric enters the new year with a refreshing selection of signature skate shoes as part of their Q1 release. A complement to recent offerings from Londoner Tom Knox and Marquise Henry, new season skate shoes for Tiago Lemos and Jamie Foy arrive, paired alongside returning New Balance Numeric shoes such as the #NM 272, 288 and 440 Hi.
Joining New Balance Numeric in 2019 and assigned with its own ‘Trust Tiago’ tagline, skater Tiago Lemos’ New Balance Numeric 1010 receives two new reiterations for Q1. Originally released during the summer of 2020 and a follow up on his DC Shoes Plaza TC S silhouette, Lemos’ 1010 is a ‘90s style skate shoe with a heavily layered construction. Available in both a monochrome and an olive colourway, the #NM 1010 continues to feature the brand’s pioneering NDurance rubber outsole, reinforced FantomFit heel stabiliser and dual density FuelCell midsole for undeniable comfort and on/off board grip. A molded OrthoLite insole delivers an energy returning wear, with the design’s technical details a continued tribute to Lemos’ high performance skate style. Merging subtle early ‘00s nostalgia with some of the brand’s most progressive technical advancements, the Tiago 1010 is set to remain a favourite of many across the coming year.
Ushered on by last year’s 306 Slip On release, its accompanying ‘Problem Solver’ edit and his 2020 #NM 306 collaboration with Deathwish Skateboards, Jamie Foy’s inventive skate style is one that continues to inspire many. Joining New Balance Numeric a year earlier than Lemos in 2018, and launching the OG #NM 306 in 2019, Q1 2022 welcomes the arrival of three new colourways of the Floridian skater’s signature silhouette. Available in shades of black, white and navy, the New Balance Numeric 306 Jamie Foy is a premium suede skateboard shoe styled with a molded EVA ABZORB insole, a fully vulcanised construction and an NDurance rubber outsole for maximised grip. Breathable mesh underlays provide increased ventilation, with pops of additional colour achieved through the underlayer strips, the sidewall ‘N’ logo and the iconic heel strip tab. Offering an update on a traditional vulcanised shoe, the #NM 306 remains to be one of the brand’s most favoured signature profiles.
Showcased in an aptly titled ‘272’ team video from last year featuring the likes of Ronnie Kessner and Chris Colbourne, the New Balance Numeric 272 turns classic vulcanised construction ‘inside-out’ with a unique vaulted heel structure and strategically placed one-piece toe. A black, black and white colourway complements the silhouette, with a mix match suede and fabric construction, perforated toe box and OrthoLite sockliner designed to provide elevated comfort. A crisp white leather ‘N’ logo across the side wall remains true to tradition, with the mesh tongue and breathable mesh interior lining supplying a well ventilated wear to suit any skate style.
A classic model that has also seen a #NM 288 Sport revision from team rider Jack Curtin, the New Balance Numeric 288 merges sport influences with its soccer reference and its throwback courtside aesthetic. A khaki coloured olive and white styling arrives for Q1 with the design’s classic C-Cap midsole, cushioned OrthoLite insole and integrated internal mesh bootie providing a lightweight yet highly protective wear. A grippy gum rubber NDurance outsole honours its court-to-concrete contemporary reassignment, with team orange accents displayed across the two tone foam midsole insert and padded collar lining for further detail.
A favoured silhouette of team rider Tom Knox, the New Balance Numeric 440 Hi receives a deconstructed, shadow stitch colourway revision. Celebrating the design’s iconic ‘70s undertone with a two tone white-on-black twist, the #NM 440 Hi returns as one of the brand’s most favourite high top skate silhouettes. A C-Cap internal heel wedge and a streamlined cupsole construction combine well with New Balance Numeric’s NDurance rubber outsole for a supportive and stable wear, with the reflective heel perforations pairing well with the contrasting stitching for a 3D inspired finish. A recessed eight eyelet lacing system secures the flag labelled tongue in place, with traditional side wall ‘N’ logo detailing and debossed New Balance collars providing a low-key finish on an all-season favourite.
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