New Balance 1500 30th Anniversary

by Henrik Buzzi


Few silhouettes are as iconic as the New Balance 1500. The understated runner provides the perfect blend of aesthetic and function, and has become synonymous with the New Balance brand.

First introduced in 1989 as part of the now widely known ‘Made in England’ range which (as the name would suggest) is produced and manufactured entirely in Flimby, England. Despite 30 years worth of technical advances the approach to creating the NB1500 hasn’t changed. Each pair is still handmade by a team of over 200 dedicated and expert staff at the New Balance factory, just off the coast of Cumbria.

Combine this human touch, and the attention to detail that comes with it, with the clean and timeless look of the shoe itself and it’s easy to see why it’s had such longevity. The 1500 has transcended the running subculture and has been adopted by everyone, from hardcore sneakerheads to indie kids, drawn to the shoe’s retro aesthetic.

To celebrate the shoe’s 30th anniversary New Balance have reissued the classic navy blue color-way of the 1500 and introduced a brand new silhouette, the 1530. Featuring the same basic aesthetic as the 1500 combine with elevated technology and a subtle redesign, the 1530 is the perfect modern homage to a classic. The 1530 comes dressed in the inverse color-way of the OG 1500, making the parallels between the two all the more apparent. Available now at selected retaielrs such as Footpatrol.