This morning, Kith’s Ronnie Fieg took to Instagram to announce a new collaborative project with New Balance, a return to the 1300 silhouette.
The Instagram post is a trip down memory lane, detailing the long history of Fieg’s relationship with the 1300CL. It recounts Fieg’s days as a buyer for David Z, a then-chain of sneaker shops in the New York City area. During that time, Fieg believed the 1300 was the best New Balance shoe ever made and was working with New Balance to bring back the model to sell exclusively at David Z. A blog post by Fieg from 2010 confirms this love affair.
Fieg previously worked with New Balance on the 1300 to release the “Salmon Sole” colorway in 2012. Details on the 2020 iteration are scarce at the moment, but you can check out the announcement post below and stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for more info as details surface.
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The 1300 and I have a long history together. I got my first pair of CL’s around 1995, I’ve been obsessed ever since. At that time I really believed that the 1300 was the greatest model that New Balance had ever made, which I wrote about on my personal blog back in 2010 (pictured above). Even then, while buying for David Z, I was working with New Balance to bring back silhouettes to sell exclusively at the shops. No different from the 99x series I’ve worked on bringing back to offer exclusively at Kith. As I’ve grown to appreciate many of the silhouettes in their catalog, the 1300 has always kept a special place in my heart. I applied what made that shoe so important to me to both of my first two projects ever with New Balance in 2012. I used the CL colorway for my first NB 999 “Steel Blue” project, and was able to work on the actual silhouette later that year with the “Salmon Sole”. I thought it was really important for me to start the collaborative catalog by paying respects to what I believe is the most important colorway in the NB archive. After an eight year hiatus, I felt it was time to bring them back into people’s rotations. More info to come.