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Turf Toes: The New Balance FuelCell Echo Big League Chew Pack

Your favorite childhood baseball treat is getting its own shoe. The New Balance x Big League Chew FuelCell Echo pack has dropped.

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Turf Toes: The New Balance FuelCell Echo Big League Chew Pack


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I don’t usually find myself stuck on the subway in New York City. I have had very good luck since moving here back in 2013. There has never been a time when I have been stuck, not moving on the subway for longer than 15 minutes. I’m the one person who hasn’t experienced the hell that is sweating in the midtown tunnel or crammed in with 500 strangers on a stalled 1-Train.

Guess what happened this week, y’all? I got stuck on a stalled train.

So there I am stuck on the tracks in Queens looking for a moment of peace outside of the hell I was currently in. I open Instagram on my phone and flip through some stories. On my friend Bryan’s page, check his stuff out it’s incredible, I see one of the most incredible pairs of shoes I have ever seen.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the New Balance FuelCell Echo Big League Chews.

Bask in their greatness.

Are these the Travis Scott 1s? No. Are they the Travis 6s? No. Are these the OMN1S ‘Best Kept Secret’s? No. But I am living for the nostalgia here.

There’s nothing crazy about these shoes other than the fact that they exist in the real human world. But every millimeter of them screams out to the inner child in me.

Big League Chew was one of those things that sent the senses into Summer mode. That sweet sugary goodness fueled those late summer ballgames, gave you the boost you needed to drive in the winning run, and made you feel like a ballplayer.

So let’s talk about these shoes.

For the sake of brevity, let’s focus on the “Outta Here Original” colorway.

These shoes are CLEAN. I’m living for the simplistic nature of the design. Sure the FuelCell is a relatively basic shoe, but New Balance could have very well gone off the deep end here. By not falling into the trap of a childish, immature and over-the-top design, NB has crushed this from heel to toe.

I will fully admit that my shoe collection is a mix of shoes I wanted as a kid and shoes that express my own personal style. These are the apex of those two categories. I had a Big League Chew baseball hat when I was a kid that I sent in for. I wore that hat until it disintegrated into the wind one fine summer day. These shoes scream nostalgia from an adult standpoint, while still maintaining the childhood romanticism of the source material.

That being said, with the cleat version of these, I think New Balance is actually on to something. When players wear special edition pieces, especially ones that are straight fire, there’s no way players can wear them. These feel like special editions, but I can own them. And what’s more, they’re special editions that work on both the adult amateur fields and in the Little League ballparks around the globe. These are perfect.

Still don’t feel sold on these?

Look at the packaging.

THEY COME IN A BOX AND A POUCH.

TAKE MY MONEY, NEW BALANCE.

All in all, these shoes are instant classics. They scream nostalgia, but also feel updated and fresh. That’s a tough line to walk, and these shoes send it right down the line.

Looking to cop these? Check out New Balance, Dick’s and eBay (for some truly insane resale pricing).

Get into it.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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