Nice Kicks + New Balance = Nice New Blance Kicks…

by Josh Madden

Nice Kicks X New Balance 1600 “Grand Anse”

I'll be the first to admit that I'm one of those dudes who scrolls through the 

Nice Kicks instagram

until I'm green with envy and I have to call it quits. Founder Matt Halfill is not only in the business of showing off the illest kicks around, now he's gone and partnered with 

New Balance

to drop some of his own. The result is one of the coldest pair of sneakers we've seen in a minute.

You've really gotta hand it to New Balance: while so many sneaker brands pump out collaborations with a simple change of color and a special box, the Cambridge-based company goes the extra mile (we got puns, but you know this). We've gotten to know the Newbie crew a bit and the projects they're developing are nothing short of impressive--always quality focused.

The Nice Kicks "Grand Anse" is a 1600 model that features a lux pig suede upper, mesh paneling around the collar and on the toe box with subtle 3M underlays, only visible with flash. The 3M festivities continue on the tongue and laces, with a wavy blue translucent sole cooling off the retro runner. These bad boys are not only a beautiful homage to Halfill's boyhood home in tropical Grenada, but they're equipped with Absorb technology, which means they're incredibly comfortable.

The "Grand Anse" can be found 


and you should definitely follow Nice Kicks on Instagram 


…just be warned, you're bound to get serious sneaker envy.