This August marks 30 years of New Balance production in the Cumbrian town of Flimby, and to commemorate this New Balance are releasing a highly limited series of trainers, designed by three stalwarts of the UK plant. This small coastal town has been a home for shoe-makers for over a century, so when New Balance were looking for a UK base in the summer of 1982, Flimby was the obvious choice. Their factories were full of workers that had generations of manufacturing experience, highly skilled in working with premium materials to produce the finest products, and this was something that can still be seen today in every pair of ‘Made in the UK’ NBs.
Although several classic silhouettes – such as the 1500 and 577 – are closely associated with the ‘Made in the UK’ moniker, it is probably the 576 that is the most recognised, as such the 1988 runner was the obvious choice for the collection. These premium reworkings have been designed in collaboration with three long-serving shop floor workers Andy Mandle, Roy Bell and Billy Edgar, with each employee adding their own unique ideas – such as corudory linings and bespoke tongue labels – to this iconic trainer.
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