Hanon x New Balance U520HNF “Fisherman’s Blues”

by Henrik Buzzi

2017 marks thirteen years since Hanon and New Balance first collaborated. This year, they continue their enduring partnership with a brand new project on the New Balance 520, an archival runner originally launched in the 1970’s. Taking inspiration from their geographical roots, HANON pays homage to the North East of Scotland and its illustrious history in North Sea fishing. Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest existing business in the UK with a history that spans almost 900 years, and further north in Peterhead, there is the largest white fish and pelagic (mackerel and herring) port in the UK.

Hanon’s “Fisherman’s Blues” edition of the U520 captures the spirit of a bygone era where superstitions and myth carried weight as seafaring men leaned heavily upon omens and luck to secure a safe return from the hardships of fishing in the North Sea. Hanon reimagine the classic 520 running shoe, drawing inspiration from the nautical theme with a marine based color palette as the upper is executed in an array of sea blues and executed in a plush leather application, with perforation details throughout. Additional detail appears across the shoe by way of a dual branded leather footbed, as well as a Hanon branded leather hang tag. The Hanon x New Balance U520HNF “Fisherman’s Blues” will be released on September 16 at Hanon. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets, bespoke shoe box, branded tissue paper, and a special edition cotton dust bag.