First Released in 1993, at the time New Balance described the 1500 as the closest thing yet to a perfect running shoe. The 1500 features a sharper and narrower design than the 576 and 577 models and an Encap technology mid sole. These versions are entirely hand-made in England in the countries only domestic trainer factory and are constructed using premium purple suede with light grey mesh panelling to the toe for extra breathability with a white leather ankle trim. The shoe sits on a white midsole with a black ENCAP accent to the heel featuring purple embroidered branding on the tongue, black branding to the heel and white and purple embroidered branding to the side. The shoe is finished with a soft black textile lining plus purple flat laces.