The New Balance 577 is one of the greats.
From those glorious grey and blues to the leather Limited Edition variation Israeli army editions and our own 'Black Sword' take—which sounds like a top shelf title, but was actually a top draw Crooked creation back in 2006 (mmmm...mustard suede), it's a thing of beauty. The stealthy, premium shape and feel of the shoe has a heritage of real running and remains well regarded by those with a casual running past—this is a perfect shoe. It doesn't date and it never becomes stale. We've noticed some sensible New Balance runners cropping up in unlikely places lately...2011 looks like it's going to be a significant one for the brand's UK and US-made divisions.
We only eff with this shoe when it's UK-made out of patriotism and matters of good taste—nobody can mess with this model when it's a Flimby variation. The versions we saw looking appealing in Footaction or some such stateside store turned appalling from close up, because the shape was way off. However, this duo of forthcoming 577s is instant classic material. Red suede really comes into its own on archive models from this brand—Sneakersnstuff took this shoe redder than red a short while ago, and these faint lookalikes tone down that fine makeup, with a black 'N' and some grey nubuck.
The green and orange versions implement one of the greatest colour combos there is (just look at the MA-1 jacket to witness that timeless unity), and with both colourways carrying Scotchlite 'N's and heel tabs. We're more than a little infatuated with the end result...well-made, no hype, no silly stuff and no conceptual hi-jinks makes for great shoes. These drop next month in the Crooked store alongside more UK-made 576s and the UK-made 574 plus a US-made gem in the mix too...