New Balance CT1500: A spin-off of NB’s greatest kick

Some heritage kicks are here to stay. Among those that continue to hit the shelves are the re-tweaked iterations of the New Balance 1550, particularly the New Balance CT1500. With its timeless makeup done in traditional craftsmanship and use of modern comfort tooling, the New Balance CT1500 quickly takes a worthy space among today’s go-to styles.

Origins of the retroed NB CT1500 

The New Balance CT1500 is a modernized version of the New Balance 1550, a silhouette that first appeared in 1989. It was the brainchild of Steven Smith, the same guy who designed other top-selling NB Classics like the New Balance 574 and 997

At that time, the NB1550 was dropped not solely for running but for other sporting fields too. A full lineup was made for tennis, basketball, and even training. The reinvented CT1500 took its inspirational cues from the classic tennis version. 

Plus factors of the New Balance CT1500

  • a full-grain leather cover for longevity
  • a grippy rubber outsole that reduces the chances of slipping 
  • perforations at the toe for breathability

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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