We won’t name names, but as of recent, some of the major players have been reviving some of their back-catalogue classics, missing the mark in some key areas, specifically the overall shape. New Balance, however, has a strong penchant for truthful, period-correct bring-backs. Take for example this ‘Heritage’ release that just popped up on our radars. It features a long sweeping form from the heel to the toe, accentuated by pleasurable amounts of suede and mesh that flow perfectly with the design .
A late entrant to New Balance’s ‘Distinct Mid Century Modern’ collection, this tardy 997 might just be our favourite part of the whole collection thanks to its luscious layering of Slate nubuck, and an upscale dose of brown Horween leather. Twill adds to the mix in contrasting Bone White, while burgundy branding makes for the finishing touches.
New Balance really know to stay in their lane, and as the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. And what we mean by all that philosophical banter is that NB know their target audience, and they know them well. That being said, we totally fsck with these . Simple suiting of grey suede, complementary mesh and a sliver red – perfect! Feature LV has got ’em if you want ’em.
Hats off to the colour director at New Balance – you hit the nail on the head with this ! Draped in deep navy suede so rich it will make you wanna weep, this colour-up pairs Ocean Blue mesh and leather panelling before igniting visually with volatile hits of crimson. But hidden underneath all this slept-on hype is a light layer of Flint Grey that gives this 997 that real NB feel.
New Balance have added a plush, deep burgundy and charcoal colourway into the line up as part of the ‘Connoisseur Guitar’ series they are rolling out that also included the beautiful NB996 ‘Pistachio’. The two colours coalesce brilliantly as the understated charcoal on the front end looks stoic in comparison to the regal burgundy on the logo and heel. The guitar reference is acknowledged with a guitar pick that comes with the 997, which is available from NB retailers like Rise today.
Fresh from popping the cork on their epic Rosé release that dominated internet chatter in 2014, (and starred on the cover of Issue 31 of Sneaker Freaker), Boston’s Concepts and New Balance have once again joined forces to produce the second instalment of their ‘Made in USA’ series. Code-named ‘luxury goods’, this monster orange crush sets a new benchmark for premium leather and swine suede.