Whilst Japanese sneaker culture vastly differs from what we know and love here Stateside, one thing remains consistent: the niche love for the New Balance brand. Our friends from across the Pacific see the dad shoes in a different light, though, with the sneaker edging its way into high fashion through exclusives and collaborative releases that merge seamlessly with their unique style. This forthcoming New Balance 990v5 is one one of those, a pair created in co-counsel with powerhouse Japanese fashion house United Arrows.
Their take on the New Balance 990v5 arrives in an arrangement of almost-black greys and contrasting whites, feeding the minimalistic instincts of both brands. And — with any release from either brand — materials and quality is key. Classic mesh and suede to the more solid leather underlays all arrive in complementary hues, utilizing the design to add depth and contrast through such a limited scope of colors.
The United Arrows x New Balance 990v5 will be arriving at a very small group of retailers this May, so keep on checking back for updates to our Where to Buy guide below as we edge closer to the drop.
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