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Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 White/Olive
Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 White/Olive
Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 White/Olive
Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 White/Olive

Up Close with the Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 in White and Olive

Aimé Leon Dore are responsible for taking New Balance's once-humble 550 from a low-key, budget-conscious 1980s basketball shoe that toiled in obscurity for decades to one of the hottest lifestyle silhouettes on the market today. They've got the magic touch when it comes to the 'basketball oxford,' and recently hosted a pre-order for their third set of 550 colabs. One of the colourways in that set was a white and olive green pair, and @sneakertigger has provided a closer look at its earthy, two-tone styling.

ALD's 550s follow a simple-yet-extremely-effective colour scheme: white uppers, 'aged' yellow midsoles, and contrasting branded hits with matching collar, heel and outsole detailing. That's done to perfection here, offering a retro look that's only amplified by the subtle olive green shade that gives the shoe its personality – and, according to the post below, bears some similarities to a mung bean.

The Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 550 in white and olive green was already released via newsletter raffle, but knowing the brand's penchant for surprise restocks and the likelihood of a release on New Balance's webstore later in the year, you'll likely be able to snag a pair later if you haven't already. Expect to shell out $130.

If you want the full story of how the New Balance 550 rose from obscurity to become an ultra-popular casual choice, click here to read a detailed retrospective with interviews from its original designer and New Balance's product team.

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