Thanks to the work of Golden Goose, the Jumpman, and many others, pre-distressed sneakers have become commonplace in the world of footwear. And while New Balance themselves are certainly no Short to the concept, the 991 is. That’ll be changing very soon, however, as the classic will be experimenting with the pre-worn aesthetic for the very first time.
Much like that of the Air Jordan 1 “Lost & Found,” the design of this New Balance 996 'Steel Blue' builds upon one of the silhouette’s most ubiquitous styles. But though heavily informed by its iconic grey look — featuring the same exact hues and a near identical construction — the pair is undoubtedly distinct in its design, as it bears almost no resemblance to a brand new pair. This is thanks wholly to the distressed suedes, which boast stains, dirt, and scuffs all throughout the upper.
Enjoy a closer look at this upcoming New Balance 996 'Steel Blue' via the official images ahead. A release date has not yet been confirmed, but it shouldn’t be long before we see these on NewBalance.com Japonki New Balance.
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