In tandem with French sandwich enthusiasts PaperBoy Paris and Japanese fashion label Beams, New Balance is collaborating on a series of Made in UK shoes. The latest collaboration sneakers are a tribute to the Boston-based footwear brand’s iconic and historic Flimby factory, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Flimby’s iconic factory is located in the UK, which is why the collaboration is called Made in UK. The collaborative collection features two New Balance shoe silhouettes, which were made available at PaperBoy’s Paris store on June 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CEST. An international release date has yet to be announced by the labels involved.

New The PaperBoy Paris x BEAMS x New Balance Made in UK shoe collection makes mismatched fashion

PaperBoy Paris x BEAMS x New Balance shoes collection Made in UK (Image via @parispaperboy/Instagram)
PaperBoy Paris x BEAMS x New Balance shoes collection Made in UK (Image via @parispaperboy/Instagram)

The next collaborative collection features the iconic and classic versions that were developed in the town of Flimby, England – the NB1500 and NB920.

Both silhouettes come dressed in mismatched styles and feature similar branding. The material and colorway of both sneakers are almost identical as the suede and mesh construction is visible on the top of the sneakers while the signature NB design is dressed in Grey.

The shoes’ premium suede, mesh, and leather are dressed in Ice Blue accents with varying shades of Gray throughout the shoe. A small pop of light blue bar also appears on the sneakers to enhance the palette.

The co-branding logo is accentuated on both silhouettes, as they appear on the tongues and lateral sides. The logo is also likely to be present on the insoles, although images available at the time do not confirm this.

Speaking of the silhouettes individually, the NB920 runners collaborative silhouette arrives in a mismatched tonal color blocking pattern. The upper base of the shoes is made of high quality mesh coated in white, accented with suede, leather and reflective panels to enhance the look.

The most prominent features occur on the tongues as they arrive in mismatched branding, with the right shoe accenting a “new balance paperboy” lettering and the left shoe accenting a “new balance beams” lettering. The look is completed with silver metallic lace dubraes.

The NB1500 silhouette features a similar mismatched tonal makeup. However, it is given additional style with the addition of dark blue and light blue injections throughout the inner lining and exteriors, respectively. The suede panel is constructed in the PB1500 style, which is attached to the side heel. The shoes also bear a similar mismatched tongue mark.

The sneakers are then accompanied by a pick-shaped hang tag, which features PaperBoy graphic detailing.

The SS22 Paperboy x Beams offering relies on NB ABZORB midsoles. The offers were launched at the French retailer’s physical store, located at 137 rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France. Although it has yet to be announced by the label, fans can expect an online and international release soon.

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