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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6782 on: September 18, 2023, 04:09:54 PM »
As a huge fan of the 440, those are gross as hell. I will be stocking up on the current model and absolutely not be buying those. The re-design of the collar looks horrible, the big N is the OPPOSITE of what people asked for, and the toe cap alterations tie it all together in a pretty unappealing way.

This sucks since we were told in this thread the changes would be very minor to the shoe and all sounded great (more durable rubber, minor shape changes to the sole profile), but I don't see what value these changes add. A stiffer collar is kind of nice, but this one looks way more like an awkward mid.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6783 on: September 18, 2023, 04:18:58 PM »
Spotted a different colorway in the mag Roth posted.  Maybe the N size will be received better here


http://www.instagram.com/p/CxWe7UsPyb6/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6784 on: September 18, 2023, 04:20:38 PM »
As a huge fan of the 440, those are gross as hell. I will be stocking up on the current model and absolutely not be buying those. The re-design of the collar looks horrible, the big N is the OPPOSITE of what people asked for, and the toe cap alterations tie it all together in a pretty unappealing way.

This sucks since we were told in this thread the changes would be very minor to the shoe and all sounded great (more durable rubber, minor shape changes to the sole profile), but I don't see what value these changes add. A stiffer collar is kind of nice, but this one looks way more like an awkward mid.

I hear you, and Iím also not huge into a bigger N, but thereís something I do like about this colorwayÖ

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6785 on: September 18, 2023, 04:54:51 PM »
That N is too big, much prefer the older one.
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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6786 on: September 18, 2023, 04:57:43 PM »
As a huge fan of the 440, those are gross as hell. I will be stocking up on the current model and absolutely not be buying those. The re-design of the collar looks horrible, the big N is the OPPOSITE of what people asked for, and the toe cap alterations tie it all together in a pretty unappealing way.

This sucks since we were told in this thread the changes would be very minor to the shoe and all sounded great (more durable rubber, minor shape changes to the sole profile), but I don't see what value these changes add. A stiffer collar is kind of nice, but this one looks way more like an awkward mid.

Agree with everything here.  These kind of remind me of something you'd find in a children's shoe store.  I am a big fan of the current 440.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6787 on: September 18, 2023, 05:23:34 PM »
I kinda like the blue colorway. But not a fan of the big N but it can be cut off hopefully and the stitching marks leave a more subtle N. But if the sole is better annd last longer  and the toe cap holds better Iíll be happy. It is a bit more sporty looking than the original which Iím not a fan of. But Iíd def give them a go

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6788 on: September 18, 2023, 05:56:23 PM »
Good thing the blue colorway is currently on sale

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6789 on: September 18, 2023, 06:09:27 PM »
any publicly releasable reasoning behind ditching the blazer looking collar/whatever on the re-design? i'm not married to it but curious as to why that got dropped in the new version

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6790 on: September 18, 2023, 06:18:35 PM »
Build quality looks better on the new version. But I donít know shit. Just a hunch.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6791 on: September 18, 2023, 06:26:44 PM »
any publicly releasable reasoning behind ditching the blazer looking collar/whatever on the re-design? i'm not married to it but curious as to why that got dropped in the new version

My guess was it would be more flexible like in the hood days when the panel on the blazers was softer and not whatever fabric the swoosh usually is (only see it on the standard black pair anymore)

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6792 on: September 18, 2023, 06:37:05 PM »
I love them. Big N is cool, 808s have a big one too and they look fine. I also like the two tone upper. Thereís plenty of old ones to keep yíall stocked for years though. So itís a non issue if you hate it, and knowing NB theyíll probably still sell them for a minute.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6793 on: September 18, 2023, 06:38:29 PM »
The low version kinda reminds me of the Logan 637.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6794 on: September 18, 2023, 06:59:40 PM »


440V2ís from the 490 zine yea? 

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6795 on: September 18, 2023, 07:04:32 PM »
I accept the new 440, but itís likely because Iíve had 3 pairs of 440s in a row and could use some spice.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6796 on: September 18, 2023, 07:10:56 PM »
Build quality looks better on the new version. But I donít know shit. Just a hunch.

Yah you also might not be able to see shit either cuz in the pic above the 2 lines of horizontal stitching on the collar don't actually run parallel to one another.

My guess is that they did this to stiffen up the collar. It wasn't super stiff for a high top and maybe some people didn't like that? I loved em so I'll be slowly stocking up on models to rotate for the next few years. Hopefully changes to the low won't be wonky. Toebox looks fine on second glance. But this definitely wasn't "minimal changes" IMO.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6797 on: September 18, 2023, 07:59:23 PM »
The only thing I would change about the current 440's is a tougher lasting rubber for the sole. Literally a perfect shoe otherwise. The changes look pretty terrible tbh.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6798 on: September 18, 2023, 08:34:14 PM »
We did a hardcopy zine to go with the 480 launch that shipped to shops (but basically just enough for 1 shop copy each).  If you want to check out the digital version, here you go.  Got some good skate photos from the same trip as the Chicago video we just put out.
https://bit.ly/480-zine

Wow. That is some quality photos right there. If you got an extra one, I would love one 😜
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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6799 on: September 18, 2023, 11:47:24 PM »
Damn I missed the 440 v2 video. I hope someone got a screenshot
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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6800 on: September 19, 2023, 12:10:47 AM »
That giant N is for nightmare. I'll be sticking to the regular 440's.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6801 on: September 19, 2023, 12:27:59 AM »
I wanted a thicker heel collar on the 440 high, so I like that. But everything else
About the v2 bums me out. The og 440 high looked like a retro basketball shoe. Just a simple clean design. The v2 looks too modern and kills the aesthetic that the v1 nailed. Wack!

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6802 on: September 19, 2023, 02:30:36 AM »
I wanted a thicker heel collar on the 440 high, so I like that. But everything else
About the v2 bums me out. The og 440 high looked like a retro basketball shoe. Just a simple clean design. The v2 looks too modern and kills the aesthetic that the v1 nailed. Wack!
I totally agree with you. A thicker heel collar was wanted as long as a decent insole and a sturdier sole (maybe the one from 508?). Nobody wanted a change on how they look. For that modern look we have the 808, I don't feel that aesthetic works in here.
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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6803 on: September 19, 2023, 03:11:01 AM »
I usually get UK 12.5 NB shoes. Can't find the 480's in that size anywhere. Have they just not produced them in a UK12.5/US13? I really wanted the Reynolds shoe, ugh.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6804 on: September 19, 2023, 03:30:04 AM »
I usually get UK 12.5 NB shoes. Can't find the 480's in that size anywhere. Have they just not produced them in a UK12.5/US13? I really wanted the Reynolds shoe, ugh.
They have them in your size. But lots of shops stop at US12. I know a few sites that had them, but theyíre in the states.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6805 on: September 19, 2023, 03:39:12 AM »
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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6806 on: September 19, 2023, 03:59:04 AM »
I usually get UK 12.5 NB shoes. Can't find the 480's in that size anywhere. Have they just not produced them in a UK12.5/US13? I really wanted the Reynolds shoe, ugh.
Wouldn't a UK 12.5 be a us 13.5? Don't think I've ever seen a skateshoe in a us12.5 or 13.5. Might be worth finding out what size you are in cm. (Usually a us 12 is 30cm and 13 is 31cm altho some brands do a 13 as 32.5cms)

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6807 on: September 19, 2023, 05:50:59 AM »
Probably one of the few that actually like the 440v2, but Im also not crazy about the og.

The bigger N, collar, midsole, and toe box were the changes it needed for a midtop NB Iíd want to skate.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6808 on: September 19, 2023, 06:54:25 AM »
http://www.instagram.com/p/CxWdLwmvkfv/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
I like the bolder angled N... Looks mean/faster.
Imo the thing that makes them less Court-like is the change on the eyestay that has that notch that is almost a lil Half-cab'esq (on the good end) or a bit midtop Emerica'esq (on the bad end). It's a bit more sporty, less timeless I guess. I'm more curious about the toe bumper shape, a bit weird that it swerves up towards the N but I need more pictures.

But now my question is: Why did it need a change in the first place? Seemed like a beloved shoe as it was.

Anyway, curious to see the low top.

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Re: New Balance # containment thread
« Reply #6809 on: September 19, 2023, 07:01:44 AM »
All they had to do was extend the foam to the toes, instead we get thisÖ. Thing
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