1500GSB & 1500MSB
Dubbed the "Finals" this set of two shoes signalled the end for Solebox and NB at the time. Spurred on by the experience of the Nazar Eye & the problems experienced with NB internally this would be the last shoe they worked on.
Using the GGB as inspiration @hikmetsugoer set out to create the shoe he intended at the time but couldn't due to material restrictions. Swapping out the suede heel for nubuck, adding the "Solebox sole" as well as leather lining, there was also a burgundy version.
This release was the first time a Solebox NB would be available outside of Berlin with the green version having worldwide release.
Sadly the issues experienced with the Nazar Eye were nothing compared to the Finals. Quality control was so bad that many customers complained that their shoes were defective with multiple pairs being declared faulty and either returned or replaced. What this means is that production numbers far exceed the official figure.
For example I had 12 pairs of this release (for myself & friends) & of that 6 additional pairs were sent along with a formal apology from New Balance UK. That's a lot of faulty shoes & a damn sight more than the official production run.
Ironically this release has grown & become one of the more coveted 1500 collaborations even though most have been oblivious to its contentious history.
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