Video: New Balance Excellent Makers – Vagrant Sneaker


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Here it is. Almost a year after it was shot, the New Balance Excellent Makers video featuring yours truly is finally out. It took a long time for it to be released, but because it was taken in the winter, it would have looked weird seeing me in a peacoat during the late spring and summer.  This is the first time I have ever been in front of a camera, so excuse my slight nervousness in my speech; I’ve also lost a lot of weight since then. In the video you’ll see me visit North Hudson Park for a small session on a new New Balance 574 Custom and view 2 other customs which includes the massively popular NB574 “MNR2” . Also note that my equipment has change since this video. I know shoot with a D7100 and my post process is on a 27″ iMac with a second monitor. Without further ado, here is my story…

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Customizer: New Balance US574M1 “His Or Hers”


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Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2013

Purchased on September 19, 2012, this year + old New Balance 574 Custom has sat in a corner collecting dust until my New Balance Excellent Makers video was released. The colorway takes inspiration from a woman who was walking in front of me with a dress that had similar hues. I took a photo of her and interpreted it into what you see above. One thing I decided to use was a darker blue instead of a lighter blue/greenish hue on the bottom part of her dress (I did however add a light blue accent on the heel tab which still sticks to the original idea of the dress). I felt that the darker blue gave it a borderline look in which either gender could wear. Though these days it really doesn’t matter what color shoes are on men or women and why its called His or Hers; His or Hers. It’s  a pretty straight forward CW design….

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Customizer: New Balance US574M1 Custom “Vagrant Sneaker”


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Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2013

It’s been a long time since I posted one of my New Balance 574 customs. So, here’s one thats been seen if you follow me on instagram. It coincides with the same color-way design from the popular “MNR2” that many people love. The MNR2 is what ultimately allowed me to find the colors that would represent me and this blog. The hues come from my birth sign Pisces and the tarot card associated with my birth date (march 15th), the devil. Taking the colors of hot pink (devil), pacific green (water greens associated with pisces) and some black I created a color-way design inspired by two things. My MNR2 and some color-blocking from some of my AM1 iD’s. It can also be seen as the sister to the MNR2 because technically its sort of a reverse of that color-way. These are the reasons I dubbed this one “Vagrant Sneaker”. Stay tuned for another post shortly for my “Glacier Crystal” NB custom that’s still DS and a year old. Enjoy the little photos I have here. They were taken in Florida on July, 2012. I recently had an HD crash where these photos were and I could only find these lying around…

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Customizer: New Balance Customs 2013


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Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker© 2013.

New Balance’s entry into the custom arena that allows consumers to pick one of two silhouettes, 574 or 993, to design has been nothing short of a success story. Quality materials, excellent workmanship, Made in The USA,  and a delivery to your doorstep within 6 to 8 business days (originally 3 to 5). Now that 2012 is over, fans are wondering what’s next for NB’s builder and palette as far as options. Well, I have some scoop on what you should be expecting next…

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Customizer: New Balance US574M1 Custom “A.P.O.C.”


The New Balance 574C is a lot better than maybe most would have thought. The materials, shape and color palette give you a lot of options to make-up your own 1 of 1. Get caught buying one and your guaranteed to buy another. As is the case with me. This is my fourth New Balance 574 and definitely not my last. In fact, I have another four in my stack that I will share at another time. For now, here is  my NB 574C “A.P.O.C.”…

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