Scoping Out Customization at the New Balance Factory

From the 998s to brand new NB1 3000v3 baseball cleats

Stepping onto the production floor of New Balance‘s Lawrence, MA factory reveals two important pillars of the brand. First, they employ hundreds of skilled workers from Lawrence and the surrounding towns to produce footwear stateside. Second, customization really is done by hand—at times by hand on technologically advanced machines, but hands touch every step of the process. Not all New Balance sneakers are made in …

Converse Unveils the Chuck Taylor All Star II

An iconic sneaker turns toward the future with comfort at its core

Some of us were too young to remember our first pair of Chuck Taylors; others may distinctly recall the moment of consideration and purchase. Either way, Converse‘s iconic centerpiece has reached global prevalence, relevance and a dynamic reputation. This was a basketball sneaker adopted by artists, musicians and skaters. Its impact has extended even further and further. A pair of Chuck Taylors means something different …

Riot Grrrl Day in Boston

Today, 9 April 2015, is officially Riot Grrrl Day in Boston, Massachusetts—in honor of original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna. Hanna—who began the “girls to the front” movement at punk shows—has long been a key player in the hardcore-punk feminist realm, and continues to be an icon far beyond. Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh, signed the proclamation to coincide with Hanna’s visit to the city, where she …