2016 marks the 20th anniversary of New Balance’s coveted 580 silhouette and to commemorate the occasion, Hypebeast have come together to craft two renditions of exploration with the ‘Earth’ and ‘Space’ 580.
The Japanese word “haikyo,” which translates to "abandoned place," is also synonymous with exploration. In Japan, many of these abandoned areas have been taken over by the force of nature and formed breath-taking sights that tap the human nature of curiosity for further exploration. The New Balance 580 has a strong influence to the Japanese sneaker landscape. The combination of inner beauty of abandoned areas and the strong culture of exploration is the centre of our design as we try to portray the beautiful blend of palettes.
Mankind has fantasised about space travel and what lies beyond Earth for generations. The vast vacuum of space and the brightness of stars are truly mesmerising, leaving us to wonder if we are truly alone. The combination of our curiosity to explore and determination to advance technology, has paved way for this possibility. For the concept of "Space," we take this cohesion of engineering, exploration and the serene nature of space, to form the theme of the first 580 silhouette.
Both the collaborative MRT580DH and MRT580HT will release tomorrow Saturday the 13th of August in store from 11am at our Level 1/15 McKillop Street with any remaining pairs releasing online later the same day. For all of the finer details continue reading after the jump.Read More