2009 was a very busy year for Boston’s premier sneaker boutique, Concepts. In November 2009 we saw the release of a special pairing of sneakers for New Balance inspired by Boston’s Freedom Trail. The shop was given the prestigious honor of not only working on the popular 1500 model but also unveiled the new trail ready 875 to the world as well.
Boston’s Freedom Trail is Red brick path located throughout downtown Boston, Massachusetts that lead followers to 16 historic sites. The 2.5-mile path visits significant spots such as Boston Commons and the site of the Boston Massacre. Walking the path brings you to parts of Boston’s past, present and future. The trail is a key piece of the city so the decision to choose it as the inspiration is easily seen.
Created from only the most premium of materials both sneakers were created using a similar formula. The base constructed from mostly Chocolate Brown suede and leather, which pays homage to the Brown brick used within Boston’s North End neighborhoods. The sneakers are then hit with an off-White liner and midsole along with just the right amount of Red accenting, referencing the trail’s Red path. That formula is used to complete the special look of the 1500 and 875. The goal of the pack was built around the theme of creating something with “purpose and reason.” In our opinion, Concepts knocked it out of the ballpark with the Freedom Trail project. What do you think?