New Balance x Burn Rubber MT580BC ‘Blue Collar’ (A Closer Look)

New Balance team up with Detroit’s Burn Rubber for this collaboration, which makes great use of NB’s MT580BC  design. The we covered this show prior to it’s release, but now that it’s out there, we thought we’d take a closer look.

This is the first drop which is part of the anticipated ‘Workforce’ pack, paying homage to Detroit’s blue and white-collar workers. This ‘blue-collar’ version of the MT580 is a smooth and subtle affair, which makes great use of the design and aesthetic elements found on the MT580. This shoe has seen huge success in Asia and is finally starting to get the attention it deserves over in the UK, Europe and the US also. Nubuck and mesh uppers, 3M accents and the tough charcoal tones are all nods to the ‘blue collar’ worker and the addition of the ‘rollbar’ unit in the midsole is also inspired by Detroit’s motor-industry. Various details such as the NB logo on the toe box, gum outsole, and Burn Rubber lace jewel contribute finishing touches to this outstanding release.

Available from End Clothing now.

Chris Benfield

Chris is a multi-disciplinary designer working across editorial, print, identity and digital for a variety of industries. Previous clients include Nike, PUMA, Dazed & Confused and Boxfresh.

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