If a sneaker brand is looking for someone to create a special and solid collaborative sneaker with, they have to look no further than the team from Undefeated (UNDFTD). For this particular collaboration the popular New Balance 1500 was chosen as the base to start off with. Los Angeles based UNDFTD is known for creatively integrating sports and military into their designs, the 1500 was based on the latter.
Undefeated x New Balance 1500 “Desert Storm” uploaded by superbad
“The inspiration behind the New Balance Desert Storm 1500 is based upon military designs from the Gulf War. The light and dark brown panels with red and blue hits are colorways inspired from a Desert Storm operations patch. The premium suede fabrication of the shoe has been chosen to correspond with real army boots that were worn in the Gulf War. The chocolate chip camo, which is found on the shoe bed, interior lining, and shoe bag, is a specification to commemorate the design’s introduction in the Gulf War. 1500s feature embroidery detail on foxing and tongue of each shoe and collection call out on shoe insole. Undefeated’s main objective is to have authenticity direct the project, while instilling history into the design.”
Speckled midsoles, multiple lace options and UNDFTD branded lace locks were all featured on the sneakers as well. Surprisingly the “Desert Storm” 1500 was UNDFTD’s first collaborative project with New Balance, but as we have seen in recent yea was just the start of a strong partnership.