For over a year now, Jeff Staple has worked with New Balance on a very tight-lipped New Balance 575 V2 model called the “White Pigeon”. It’s a very different approach in mixing the colors of the original iconic colorway of, grey/light grey/white/pink. This time the shoe is not dominated by grey (only a hint on the toe box mudguard leather layer and the NB logo) but with a Moyen White on suede. Not your ordinary white either. This pigment was one of the 29 colors that the Romans of Pompeii used to paint on architecture.
The second most prominent color is true white on the toe box, tongue, side panel mesh areas and midsole. Pink is represented on the inner lining, sole, new balance side panel logo and heel text logo. Than, finishing off the shoe with a neutral grey for the side panel leather. These colors, in combination, mimic the rare and minority “White Pigeon”. Some details include, pigeon droppings on the right hand insole and a white silhouette of a standing pigeon with some Japanese characters behind the tongue tag.
Hit the jump for pictures of the campers, and detailed photos of the shoes.
This release is limited to 1,077 worldwide and 26 retailers (prior release counts; Nike Dunk SB low “Pigeon” = 150, New Balance 575 “Pigeon” = 800). Atmos, Hectic, and Mita were the first release on Tuesday and they all sold out in 30 minutes. Next up, Reed Space NYC on Tuesday. The rumored allocated pairs for NYC first day, 40 to 50. Still no accurate info on that, but it seems like more because they will get another shipment by the end of the week. Everyone who couldn’t beat the campers yesterday, still have a chance to own a piece of history and a very nice addition to anyone’s sneaker collection.
*Note that Barneys (LA) will get shipments by the end of this week or possibly next.
Style code: M575JWP - Colorway: Medium Moyen - Year of release: 8/18/2009 -Box Price: $175
At 3:45 p.m.; There were a few campers when I arrived.
6:44 p.m.; Some more people started to show up.
1:48 a.m.; List was at 30 by this time. Some people from Philly drove here . A few are sleeping here and in some parked cars.
7:23 a.m.; Getting up to get some breakfast. List was at 43 at this time.
12:10 p.m.; Everyone decide to cross the street because of the 90 degree sun hitting where the line originates.
12:37 p.m.; The store is opening and everyone rushed back to the line.
12:37 p.m.; The line is about 50 long. Look at the beaming sun.
12:40 p.m.; Jeff Staple’s partner taking pictures of the window and the line.
1:08 p.m.: Success after a 20+ hour camp out.
This was obviously an easy camp out and my first. How people do week long camp out’s, I’ll never understand. Props to all of you that do that type of campout. I couldn’t do it and I don’t know if I’ll do it again. Thanks to Jonas for keeping it civil by starting a list and to Mo from Harlem, E from Atmos, and Tim from the east side (all four pictured above in order) for keeping me company and sane. This is an experience I’m never going to forget.
As you can see from the pictures, the original images released didn’t do this sneaker justice when compared to the above real life photos. The detailing, suede (so buttery), and fit is impressive to say the least. Congratulations to all that got a pair and good luck to all trying to get one from the next batch.