Sunday, January 30, 2011


The incomparable Jigga Man once said: "you can pay for school, but you can't buy class" . . . you can, however, buy a great pair of kicks from New Balance's H710 Ivy League collection! This new line is not without controversy. While we know that the Ivies are Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Brown, this collection inexplicably exclude Cornell and Yale.
Some take issue with the colors. Each sneaker's color is "inspired" by the school it represents, but, apparently, the blue on Columbia's version is not the "Columbia blue" and Princeton's beige sneaker is at odds with the official school colors.

The sneakers are essentially hiking "boots", and come in both high and low top versions. Composed of premium suede and mesh, my favorite feature is the school crest, or rather New Balance's interpretation thereof. They will be sold by Japanese company, Mita and become available in February.

Click "read more" below to see the rest of the collection.

Left: The University of Pennsylvania; Right: Princeton

Left: Harvard high-tops Left: Columbia low-tops

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