New Balance 1500 – Custom Re-Shaping

April 30th, 2013 by | 7 comments


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For whatever reason, the overall shapes of your favorite retro silhouettes often end up different from the OG releases. Recent New Balance 1500 issues have been a bit round in the toes for those that have followed the brand for a while, despite keeping things at home with the Flimby production. Anyways, if you’re not feeling that shape and you want something more in tune with the flat-footed look then check this quick re-shaping custom. All that it took was ripping open the toe box and doing a little bit of surgery and you’ve got a much more original looking New Balance 1500 silhouette. See the transformation below and let us know if you prefer the “after” to the “before” here.


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The New Balance 1500 comes with a bit of a rounded-off toe out of the box.

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Materials include a knife, a hair dryer, some strong glue, and a pair of NBs.

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First the toe box is separated from the sole unit.

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Then the suede is separated from the mesh.

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The synthetic pad between the mesh and the suede is apparently the primary cause of the rounder shape.

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The synthetic padding is removed from the suede.

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Glue is applied to put the suede and the mesh back together again.

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The toe box is attached to the sole kit again, with the knife used to scrap off excuse glue.

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Viola, you’ve got a re-shaped New Balance 1500.

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7 comments
Billyb3434
Billyb3434

nice work, I like the og release style better as well

212TP
212TP

great effort. but not for the regular joes who don't want to risk a new pair 

svks
svks

This is so cool, always prefered slimmer toes like of the Air Flow.

BKE420
BKE420

good work. wish I had the skill to pull this off.  thanks for sharing on fb. new balance should take note. especially on those chunky elites.

NickMichaelGiannetti
NickMichaelGiannetti

beautifully well executed. I have these 1500s on my wish list right now, and will be using this as my guide for the customization. Looking forward to this release


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