As far as New Balance sneakers go, the New Balance 1500 was on of the most diverse when it was launched in the 80s as a basketball, tennis, and running shoe. Back in 2009, Spanish sneaker shop, 24 Kilates, presented the model as the second offering in a two-part collaboration with the brand.
24 Kilates x New Balance 1500 “Miro” uploaded by Nacho Puig
Inspired by the work of Joan Miró, a Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona and who’s works generally sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the New Balance 1500 takes on the colors for which the artist is best known. Seen here in its running form, the model breaks rank with the normally modest color blocking seen on New Balance sneakers and instead takes the black upper and strikes it with red, green, yellow, and blue accents. A white midsole stands bold against the other colors and the gold 24 Kilates lace jewel adds a finishing touch on the design.
Textiles used on the upper of the 24 Kilates x NB 1500 collaboration are just as impressive as the colorway. A premium suede took the driver seat on most of the upper, leaving the leather as a complementary piece on the toe and around the ankle. The New Balance 1500 x 24 Kilates 1500 made its official debut back on April 11th, 2009 and released at 24 Kilates in Barcelona along with t-shirt.