Undefeated x New Balance CM1500 “Operation Desert Storm” – Release Date Change


By now we’re sure you’ve seen the photos of the Undefeated x New Balance CM1500 dubbed “Operation Desert Storm”. It was originally reported that the sneakers would release on Saturday, May 1st, 2010, but it’s recently been announced that the official release date has been pushed back.

While we usually hate release date changes which make us wait a little longer for something we want, we gotta respect the move on this one. To coincide with Armed Forces Day, Undefeated and New Balance have pushed the release for the shoes back to May 15th, 2010. They feel that releasing the sneakers on this day completes the story and inspiration of the shoe, which if you ask us defiantly makes sense.

If you have yet to read the press release with the details about the inspiration behind the sneakers and the choice of materials, click here.

The New Balance x Undefeated Desert Storm 1500 is a collaborative project that brings historical context to footwear and design. Undefeated has always been a military and sport inspired brand with efforts to not only provide authenticity to projects, but to also inform the public of the often overlooked and understated aspects of design.

The inspiration behind the New Balance Desert Storm 1500 is based upon military designs from the Gulf War. The light and dark brown panels with red and blue hits are colorways inspired from a Desert Storm operations patch. The premium suede fabrication of the shoe has been chosen to correspond with real army boots that were worn in the Gulf War. The chocolate chip camo, which is found on the shoe bed, interior lining, and shoe bag, is a specification to commemorate the design’s introduction in the Gulf War. 1500s feature embroidery detail on foxing and tongue of each shoe and collection call out on shoe insole.

Undefeated’s main objective is to have authenticity direct the project, while instilling history into the design. There is much excitement with the New Balance Desert Storm 1500’s as it will be Undefeated’s first collaboration with New Balance US.

Each pair of New Balance Desert Storm 1500s will be sold with a canvas shoe bag featuring utility camo print. The New Balance Desert Storm 1500 will be available beginning on May 15 for $120.00.

Available exclusively at Undefeated in the US and Japan. Internationally, the collection will be available at select premium retailers.








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