Aberdeen-based Hanon has reinterpreted the classic New Balance 520 for a collab that is truly Scottish.
The Hanon x New Balance U520HNF ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ honors the North East of Scotland and its storied history of North Sea fishing. According to Hanon, Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest existing business in the UK at nearly 900 years old, and the largest mackerel and herring port in the UK lies to the north, in Peterhead.
The ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ 520 is an ode to a time when fisherman relied on superstitions, myths, omens, and luck to aide them in fishing the perilous waters of the North Sea. This shoe perfectly showcases the hues of the ropes, traps, and waters these Scottish fisherman know — just take a look at the photo below.
Hanon has dressed its latest sneaker in hella leather; there is plush buttery-looking leather, and perforated leather, all over the sneaker, as well as dual-branded leather footbeds. The bespoke shoe box it comes in will include a Hanon branded leather hang tag, three sets of laces, and a special edition cotton dust bag.
For this close-to-home project, Hanon partnered with British photographer Ewen Spencer. He headed up to Peterhead, Scotland, where he shot several images of a fishing crew and their vessel — on film. According to Hanon, each pair of the Fisherman’s Blues bought from Hanon will come with a set of four Ewen Spencer postcards that highlight images from the shoot.
The Hanon x New Balance U520HNF “Fisherman’s Blues’ releases in-store on September 16 for £109.00 (approx. $140 USD). Remaining pairs will hit online the next day.
According to Hanon, it has been 13 years since it first collaborated with New Balance (bonus points if you remember the project). What do you think of the shop’s latest New Balance sneaker?