If you've seen my Instagram, you know I got a pair of the beautiful END x New Balance M575END "White Marble" before its official launch. END, with brand New Balance, dug into the archives to bring back the lost silhouette to collaborate on. The colorway is based off the rare and gorgeous limestone only found in Tuscany, Italy called Carrara marble. The materials on the shoe, like Carrara marble, are just as nice. It comes dressed in buttery smooth off white pigskin suede to the toe wrap and side panel. The rest of the upper dawns a premium material by way of white Nappa leather. A leather that is very durable and retains most of the original textures from the animals hide. The other nice accent to the shoe is the added gum bottom. This gives the sneaker a nice contrast to the shoes light upper. It also comes with another set of off white laces. To top off, and finish the shoes story, END made an exclusive thick shoe box and tissue paper with art work of Carrara marble printed on both (check the image below). Last but not least, they are hand made in England.
First Impressions, as I see it
END has designed something really nice here. It feels like an expensive shoe when holding them in hand. Similar to high end sneakers like Common Projects, ETQ, and Balenciaga, etc. Something you really have to see in person; Like my friend said, "They look real nice in the photos, but even better in person". Overall, It has a very classy look to it with its simple color way and a story telling thats quite complete. In fact, I look forward to wearing them with a blazer, t-shirt and denim next week for a dinner with my girl. If you like quality shoes and something that goes with everything and can be worn all year long, I suggest you get this limited release pair.
The shoe will release at ENDs online store very soon; As of this writing, in 17 hours. It retails for $175 and ships to the U.S.A. via Fedex for $11.95. The service is very fast and thats going off my buying experience with them (I actually shop at END a lot). In any case, below are some exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure. The shoe runs TTS, so go with your normal sizing. Good luck everyone and enjoy!
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