During the 1960s, a somewhat strange transatlantic collaboration between the United States and the United Kingdom took place in Arizona. But to tell the full story, we have to start in London. Here, the London Bridge which was built in 1831 and spanned the River Thames couldn’t support the increased load of modern traffic anymore. So American entrepeneur Robert P. McCulloch bought the bridge from the City of London, had the exterior granite blocks numbered and transported to the US. Here, the London Bridge was rebuilt and still crosses a narrow channel in Lake Havasu City today.
As we all know, the guys from CNCPTS love to take inspiration from bizarre stories like this. And now they’ve prepared another oversea collab with New Balance as a nod to Lake Havasu’s London Bridge. Manufactured in Flimby, U.K., this 991.5 features a premium suede and Nubuck uppers in hues of greenish blue. The white midsole uses gold and tan panel highlights, which are combined with a gum outsole. Reflective details grace the mesh tongue, heel tab and “N” logo, a special “CONCEPTS”-branded lace lock adds finishing touches to the collaboration. Three different sets of shoe laces are also included in the custom box.
Release Details – CONCEPTS x New Balance 991.5 Lake Havasu
The “Made in U.K.” CONCEPTS x New Balance 991.5 Lake Havasu will release on January 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM (EST) via CNCPTS.com. The shoe is available in men’s sizes 7-13 and retails for $250 USD.
For another U.K. premium iteration of NB sneakers, read about the Grenson x New Balance 576 “Phase Two” collection.