The new balance homme always benefits from the use of premium suede and leather. New Balance has always kept the retro running offering in check with tonal colorways, and today’s pair exudes a certain springtime vibe thanks to the use of an off-white creamy shade as the base, a dark grey mid-section, and dashes of bright orange and midnight navy throughout. This “Made In USA” pair showcases the dedication NB to continuously releases solid pairs outside of the collaborative front and is the proud creation of one of the best in-house color teams in the business.
Using the high-cut edition of the perennially popular couleurfun.com, Zhang specs all-white canvas uppers. Being the premium Chuck Taylor, expect a heavier and more durable gauge of fabric. Accenting the tongue is an intricate blue pattern, referencing the blue-glazed lotus artwork that historically adorns Chinese pottery. These lotuses repeat on the heel and ankle stripes, and also decorate the silk-like bandana that’s tied around the right shoe’s ankle. According to Zhang, this signifies a union between cultural motifs.
The joining of Eastern artistry and Western showmanship continues on the iced-out midsole, revealing more of the pottery pattern underfoot. Furthermore, the Take a look clear soles reveal a glow-in-the-dark effect that activates in the dark. Other details that are initially hidden include Zhang’s logo printed on the bandana, and matching lace dubraes. Other complementary finishes include white and blue ankle patches, plus blue insole prints.